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Automobile Brokers / Dealers / Sales

Car Bargains


We used CarBargains, thru Checkbook.org. For new car: We used a service, Car Bargains from Checkbook.org, which cost $250.  They saved us $1500-2000 when we purchased a new Mazda 2 years ago.

Janice on Coolidge; 5/20/21


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Boat / Trailer Storage


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Carwash & Detailing

Mobile Car Wash
Braulio Ramirez

408 230 8037

Come to your house. He washes many cars on my street and does a very good job. I had my 2 cars done before winter and will call him again in a couple of months.

Anu @ Dry Creek; 3/11/21, 9/1/21


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Car Maintenance/Automobile Repair

Union 76 Station

1104 Meridian Ave. (at Willow), (408) 267-1222, www.willowglen76.com

The Union Station on the corner of Willow and Meridian has been our go-to repair shop for many years.  Matt the owner, works the station and he's very helpful.  His top wrench is Val and he really knows his stuff. They have been changing the oil in my 1992 Previa for years.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/23/21, 2/1/22, 9/1/22, 1/21/23, 11/8/23


My regular mechanic recently referred me to Val’s 76 at the corner of Meridian and Willow as we just purchased an older car that needed some restoration. Val and his mechanics did a great job in restoring our 1983 Jeep and also identifying an issue that was a subtle, but critical, item that was causing the jeep to fail smog. I recommend this service station based on my experience. This info is as recent as last night so it’s not based on something from the far past.

Dan on Greencreek; 2/1/22


My vintage car recently broke down…. Matt and Val [at WG’s Union 76] did a great job diagnosing what needed to be done, and very efficiently replaced the water pump and timing belt. Service was wonderful, and the price was more than fair. I really trust these guys to keep me safely on the road! Matt has always taken great care of my vintage Geo Prizm!!! Plus, you can stop by Yum Yum Donuts while you're there (right across the street).

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 9/1/22, 11/8/23


I second Unocal with Val and Matt. they work on both my vehicles

Lisa on Plaza; 1/21/23

Brad's Auto Care

946 Lincoln, north of Coe, (408) 217-9040

Brad's Auto Care has serviced my cars: Acura (twice, which is same as Honda) and Lexus for the past 15+ years.  This is the mechanic who used to be at the Chevron station at the corner of Lincoln and Willow and has relocated up the street.  He's very good and prices are reasonable.

Suzanne on Cristina; 8/9/21

AH (Acura Honda) Connection

1010 Stockton Ave., (408) 977-0933, http://www.ahconnection.com/

(Toyota) We love AH connection - 1010 Stockton Ave by 880, other side of the railroad tracks from Bellarmine. They only do Acura and Honda. My second favorite thing after their work, is that they have Honda loaner cars with 350,000 miles on them....

John on Mayellen Ave.; 12/4/21


If you have a Honda or an Acura, I always recommend AH Connection on Stockton (near the airport). Not WG proper, but I won’t trust anyone else with my car.  Honest, reasonable. If they say I need it, I have it done. They also gave free loaners.

Suzy on Adele; 12/4/21, 2/1/22


I highly recommend Acura Honda Connection. I’ve been taking my Honda there since 2012 and couldn’t be happier with the service.  

Vivian on Glenn Ave; 1/6/24


I highly second the recommendation of Acura Honda Connection on Stockton.

Elisa on Fruitdale; 1/6/24

Nordic Motors

65 Winslow St, Redwood City, (650) 995-7675, www.nordicmotors.com

(Volvo) I really like Nordic Motors in Redwood City (walkable to Caltrain) but you may not want to go that far.

Karlie on Glenwood; 12/23/21

Jensen's Foreign Car Service

5811 Winfield Blvd., (408) 225-5252, https://jensensforeigncar.com/

Jensen’s Auto takes good care of my Volvo.

Tina on Hillsdale Ave; 12/23/21

B&C Auto

1850 Almaden Rd, (408) 565-8902, https://www.bcautocenter.com/

We use B&C auto- in Willow Glen, off of Willow Glen Way and Almaden road. Highly recommend them, VERY honest and Steve is great to work with. We have several neighbors on our street that take a variety of cars to him.  We have Toyota’s but he services them all.

Sanjit; 2/1/22

Roadside Assistance / Towing
Your Mechanic


[not recommended.]

Mary on Willow St; 2/10/21


800-922-8228, AAA.com

AAA is definitely the way to go. They always ask if you are in a safe place, arrive within a few hours and provide the battery service on site  etc

Carol on Prevost St; 2/10/21


I have had AAA for 50 years and they have always come through, especially when batteries died. Worth every penny.

Bruce off Lincoln; 2/10/21


[For towing,] I also recommend AAA. Always had fast, safe and reliable service. AAA has 3 levels of membership, you can choose whichever one fits your needs best. …lots of membership deals and discounts... AAA also offers a travel agency that can help with travel planning and so forth.

Julia on Husted; 9/23/22

Adem’s Test Only Shop

1654 Almaden Rd. (419 Lano St.),  (408) 279-1313

I second Adem!  Been going there for years now.

Vicki on Shepherd; 9/19/22


I go to Adem. He's right off Almaden Rd, on the edge of WG. Professional, personable, prompt. This is the kind of person I want to have my business.

Suzy on Adele; 8/8/23


I second Adem.  He is just a super nice guy, personable, fair priced.  He does only tests.

Jim C.; 8/8/23

Smog Check City #3

1098 W. San Carlos, 408-287-8863, www.smogcheckcity.com

There is a wonderful place to get a smog in Willow Glen at the SE corner of Lincoln Ave and San Carlos. Excellent price, friendly service and close to home. There is never a line and the parking lot is large.  Coupons on their website or call for a quote.

Holly on Jonathan; 9/19/22, 8/8/23

Willow Glen Union 76

1104 Meridian Ave., (408) 267-1222

We have the Union station on the corner of Meridian and Willow do our smog checks. They do a great job with our ‘92 Previa. 

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/13/23


Lincoln & Curtner, (408) 264-7664

I've … been very pleased -- nice guy, comfortable waiting room, good service. Appointment is required & that's easy to do by phone (though I've seen him accommodate walk-ins as feasible): open 7 days a week, 9-5:30. I don't know how prices compare, but there's a $10 coupon on the website.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/8/23

Skip's Tire

5855 Cottle Rd., (408) 226-5110; (408) 357-9659, skipstire.com

I've had great service from Skip's Tire on Cottle Road.

Tina on Monte Vista7/24/22

Kumho Tires Only

521 W San Carlos St., (408) 998-4267, http://kumhotiresonly.com/

I’ve used Tires Only on San Carlos for the last 20 years. They sell only the Kumho brand but several Kumho styles have been rated OK or better by Consumer Reports. Last March I got 4 new tires plus the usual mounting and balancing — plus alignment (usually quite expensive) for $480 incl. taxes for my wife’s 2014 Corolla. Very small inside and very non-attractive    “waiting room”. Manager is not great - but OK. 

Larry on Knollwood Avenue; 2/7/23

Bob's Almaden Transmission

270 Cimino St # 1, (408) 977-0616

He's near the Plant. Replaced the tranny on my (crappy) Silverado last year. Fairly priced - wasn't the cheapest, wasn't the most expensive. Good turnaround time.

Martin P.; 1/18/23

Ken, Dan’s Auto Repair and Transmission

408 298 4292, 270 San Jose Av.

We just had a transmission repair from Ken.

Rene on Marcia; 1/18/23


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Car Rental

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Car Services


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Car Transport


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Children’s Activities

Activities for Kids

Recommendation for activities for young children:

·         Happy Hollow Park & Zoo 
It is fabulous fun for all ages and only a short drive from Willow Glen.

·         Children's Discovery Museum
Fabulous fun and in downtown San Jose

·         The Tech Museum
Love this place. Many parents of young children avoid it since they assume only older kids would enjoy it. Lots of interactive stuff. My guy was 2 when we started going.

·         Rockin Jumps
More local fun with a space full of trampolines. They have toddler time so little ones are safe.
I recommend filling out waiver and signing up for session online so you can basically walk straight in.

·         Pump It Up
Visit pump it up junior (next door) for bouncy fun for toddlers. Visit website for open play times.

·         Oakland Zoo
Fabulous zoo with small fun park

·         SF Zoo 
Has a really awesome kids playground.

·         AVAC (Almaden Valley Athletic Club)
Fitness/swim club has open swim times in indoor heated pool

·         Palo Alto junior Museum & Zoo
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/jmz/Great little spot. Not huge like a zoo so great for a short outing. Nice park next door as well. 

·         Kids Gym
This place has open play times and is in Willow Glen

·         CA Academy of Science (San Francisco)
Love this place. 

·         Monterey Bay Aquarium
Well worth the drive! Truly spectacular place for all ages.

·         Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley)
Fun for all the family and some spectacular views over city. 

·         Duck Pond (San Jose)
Indoor kids play center 

·         Cucina Bambini (Willow Glen)
Parent/child cooking classes. Might be a little young.

·         The Exploratorium (San Francisco)
This is fun for all ages. 

·         Vasona Park
Great park and has a small train that takes you around the park, which also does a holiday run.  Check website for running times. Also has Festival of Lights but I recommend getting there early so you don't have to wait for ages to get in. 

·         Great America
We visited last Christmas and the light display was fabulous. Again, get there early so that you'll be leaving by the time all the crowds arrive.

·         Bumble
145 1st St., Los Altos, 650-383-5340, http://www.bumblelosaltos.com
Oh, and if you get hungry while having so much fun, I highly recommend Bumble in Los Altos. Fabulous food and they have childcare (for an additional fee) or you can dine outside where they have a sandpit for the little ones!

·         Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos Hills 

·         Deer Hollow Farm, Los Altos Hills/Cupertino 

·         Emma Prusch Farm, San Jose 

·         Ardenwood Farm, Fremont 
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood#about

·         Roaring Camp (Train rides), Felton

·         Santa Cruz Pier
Or we love just visiting the Pier at Santa Cruz and going down the stairs (once you walk along the pier a little ways) and you will get to see the seals up-close. Fabulous fun for all ages. You should hear them before you even know they are about. 

Faith on Nevada; December 16, 2014


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Autism Resources

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Children's Parties; Entertainment; DJs

Los Gatos DJ and Lighting


Very happy with Los Gatos DJ and Lighting. It’s a couple, so easy to work with and fun!

Karen on Blewett; 10/14/21

Denon & Doyle


We worked with Denon & Doyle for our wedding in 2019 and they were wonderful, Susan helped us figure out exactly what we wanted beforehand and the DJ did a great job throughout the day. Highly recommend working with them.

Michael D.; 10/17/21


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Daycare / Childcare / Preschool


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Piano & Music Teachers / Lessons

Yvonne Reddy


I love my piano teacher! Yvonne Reddy lives down the street from Gunderson High School. She has two beautiful pianos in her home studio.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 6/9/23


Agree Yvonne Reddy is outstanding!

Carol on Casa Grande; 6/9/23

Simon Santiago

simonsantiago@yahoo.com; text/call 408-507-3616

Guitar, bass, piano / keyboard, or ukulele lessons available in Willow Glen.  Over 20 years of private teaching experience.  Any age and level of experience welcome.  Weekday morning, afternoon, and evening slots still available.  


Simon Santiago; simonsantiago@yahoo.com; 2/8/21

Willow Glen Music School

408.455.8043, www.WillowGlenMusicSchool.com

Willow Glen Music School has piano, voice and guitar openings for students of all ages....… lessons are $168/month for weekly 30-min lessons.  We are location at 1060 Willow Street (close to Baskin Robbins).


Jessica on Speciale;  info@willowglenmusicschool.com; 3/5/22

Babak Falsafi

www.babakfalsafi.com, www.sjsg.org, babakfalsafi@gmail.com

I provide classical guitar lessons for kids. I have been teaching at the California Conservatory of Music in Santa Clara which is a top level music school in the South Bay. I can bring the same quality of lessons to your home in Willow Glen for your kids. If interested in a free trial lesson please message me. I look forward to hearing from you.


Babak Falsafi, babakfalsafi@gmail.com, 3/5/22



My 21 year old daughter is an accomplished guitarist with over 10 years experience. She is interested in teaching guitar in our area. She can teach all skill sets. Contact her for more information if you are interested.
* family recommendation *

Tracey on Camino Ricardo, maca2347@gmail.com, 10/14/22


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Sheet Music
Music Village

2971 Union Ave (at Foxworthy Ave), 408 377-2504, http://www.musvil.com/

5885 Santa Teresa Blvd. (at Snell Ave), 408 629-1812

Also recommend the music village down on Santa Teresa - great selection.

Jem; 1/20/23


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Swim Lessons


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Emma Blickenstaff


I absolutely recommend Emma Blickenstaff for your tutoring needs. She has a Masters in Education from SCU & is currently a teacher.  Her math and test prep tutorials are extremely good.   I highly recommend her services. 

Carol on  Hamilton Way; 9/6/21

Rose Marie Damiano,

rm1damiano@gmail.com, 408 205-5954

I am currently tutoring middle school and high school students in basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry (Integrated Math 3), Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus and AP Statistics.

                I have Master’s degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Systems Engineering.  I worked 12 years in the Aerospace Industry prior to switching to teaching.  I have taught Math and Engineering at all levels.  I have taught at De Anza and Evergreen Community Colleges.  I am currently working with Math Enrichment and have been with them over 4 years.  I began tutoring approximately 25 years ago.

                My rates begin at $40 per hour.  References furnished upon request.


Rose Marie Damiano, rm1damiano@gmail.com; 2/3/24

Emma Blickenstaff

(408) 655-1903, emma.blick@gmail.com

I have over 10 years of tutoring experience and have been a credentialed teacher for 6 years. I can tutor all levels of middle school and high school math including AP Statistics and AP Calculus . . .ACT/SAT prep and essay writing. I can do virtual or in person tutoring and have availability on weekday evenings and weekends. Sessions are $60/hr.


Emma Blickenstaff, emma.blick@gmail.com, 8/7/22


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Cell Phones and Phone Service

Phone Service

I’ve used Sonic for years and been happy with it.

Nina on El Rio; 6/4/22

Mobile Phone Repair
Bay Area Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave., Ste. 111, 408-320-9115

I highly recommend Bay Area Phone Doctor on Lincoln Ave. They are local and do an excellent job with great customer service.

Holly on Jonathan; 2/16/24


I (and many others) recommend Bay Area Phone Doctor.

Tina on Monte Vista; 2/16/24


[also recommends] The Phone Doctor on Lincoln Ave

Kathleen E.; 2/16/24


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Computer Home Networking and Internet Services

Don Heinsen, CompNet Services,


Paraphrasing numerous prior recommendations, Don is often recommended on this list. He is extremely qualified and has a MSCE, CCNA, and BSEE. He comes to your home, and his fee is based on the amount of his time that it takes to resolve a problem. He tries to keep costs down and is flexible in that regard.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/22

Television Streaming Services

I … love Youtubetv for so many reasons. Unlimited recording, all the channels you could possibly want, $65/month. I could go on and on!

Susan on Gerald; 1/17/23


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Electronics, Batteries, and Light Bulb Suppliers


We [replaced our Brother printer with the newer Brother - HL-L2370DW Wireless Black-and-White Laser Printer]. We bought [it] at BestBuy for approx. $191. including tax and a spare toner cartridge. The best thing about this model vs. our old model is that this one can print from my iPad or iPhone as well as from my laptop.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/7/22


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Internet Services and Domain-name Registry:


They specialize in full-service website hosting, but also provide domain-name registration services as well.  Even the basic website hosting includes an array of services, including blogging, email aliasing, and list-servers.  Tech support on-line 24/7.  The www.WGBackfence.net is hosted by Superb.

Larry on Willow, 3/1/22


I have had Sonic for years and highly recommend them.  Great service and easy to reach via phone.

Pam on Wren; 9/29/22


Sonic is THE BEST hands down. Read the reviews. Customer service is amazing. The people are in Santa Rosa, easy to understand, answer on the first or second ring, etc. Wonderful, wonderful.  Have had them for years.

Susan on Gerald; 1/15/23, 3/8/24


We have had Sonic for almost 10 years now, switching from AT&T due to price initially, and love it. Not as fast as Comcast in our specific neighborhood due to AT&T's wiring, but it meets all our needs. When we've had an issue, we call -- and in 3 rings are speaking to an actual human in Santa Rosa, not an Automated Voice Phone Tree robot thingy. Sonic for us means peace of mind.

Andrew on Hummingbird; 1/21/23

Sonic [self-recommend]

www.sonic.com, Taylor.Lightfoot@sonic.com, (510) 901 5177 

I can offer free installation and two months of free service to try out Sonic when you place your order through me. You can keep your existing Internet service alongside Sonic and only fully switch over once you’re satisfied with our offering.


Taylor L.; taylorlightfoot@gmail.com; 3/9/24

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
San Jose SEO Company


If your business or website is still invisible on Google, there is much we can do to change that. For ten years, companies have trusted us to drive customers to them through our SEO services. Imagine the possibilities & give us a call today  

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 2/5/23


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Pinball Repair

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TV Antenna & Installation

Frank Carrillo


Two years ago I had Frank Carrillo move and cleanup my antenna after my roof was replaced.  He did an excellent job. He used to have a store on Lincoln near Curtner, but now works from a different location.

Susan on Meridian/Minnesota; 8/7/22


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Financial / Legal Services / Professional Services

Accounting, Bookkeeping & Business Services; Tax Preparation


(408) 782-9640, support@adminbooks.com, https://www.adminbooks.com/

I recommend Renee Daggett and her company Adminbooks. They have a great small team that is thorough and helpful.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/31/21

Rose Ponce, RP Accountancy


She is a CPA who does tax planning, among other things.  Very ethical and careful.  Also easy to talk to.  Her office is on Hamilton near Meridian.

Carol on Curtis; 12/6/22

Wayne Mitsunaga Accounting Offices

1610 La Pradera Dr., Campbell, (408) 378-9400, waynem@waynemitsuaga.com

We have had Wayne Mitsunaga do our taxes for years and years.  He's also and accountant.  He has done our personal taxes, a small business tax prep and walked us through an audit with no liability.  

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/8/22, 4/30/24

Preston O. Countryman, Countryman & Associates

6920 Santa Teresa Blvd, Ste 209, 408.693.0885

I can't say enough about him. He's been in the business for probably 50 years! He's in Santa Teresa, but well worth the short trip!! Just let me say you will not be disappointed. Give him a call! 

Cindy K.; 1/17/23

David Muscara, Muscara and Pasquinelli

1960 The Alameda, 408-554-2060

David Muscara at Muscara and Pasquinelli is great. I've used him for 20+ years and he's been terrific with both simple returns and more complicated issues due to probate and rental properties. [They are] local which is nice in case you need to meet in person. 

Lisa on Lupton; 4/27/24

Amanda Bonomi

1625 The Alameda, Suite 206, (408) 725-0639

Amanda Bonomi is with a small family firm whose principals all live in WG & does a good job for me. I have no other experience with fees, so I can't say whether hers are "reasonable" though I expect they're comparable in the field.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 4/28/24

Linda Rost's Better Bookkeepers

https://www.betterbookkeepers.com; 90 Great Oaks Blvd San Jose, CA 95119

Linda specializes in bookkeeping and QuickBooks training for small businesses.

Our San Jose office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from Willow Glen.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 3/5/22


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Banks / Credit Unions

Star One Credit Union

(408) 543-5202; www.StarOne.org

I've been a member for maybe 30 years now, without any problems.  Good rates on VISA, their ATM cards can be used nearly anywhere without fee, free checking, and they offer great exchange rates when traveling abroad…they have a branch at 3136 Stevens Creek Blvd., diagonally across from Valley Fair.

Larry on Willow, 1/1/21


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Career Coach / Professional Training

Sue Steinfeld

sue@suesteinfeldcoaching.com, suesteinfeldcoaching.com

I highly recommend Sue Steinfeld. I’ve known her for over 30 years and she’s top-notch. (The website is currently having issues on the mobile app but can be viewed on a computer just fine!)

Regan on Jansen; 4/25/23


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Estate Planning & Wills

Berge and Berge

1101 S Winchester Blvd Suite I-208, (669) 244-3546, bayareaelderlaw.com

Carol on Prevost St; 2/24/21

Christine M Kouvaris, Inc

2542 S Bascom Ave STE 295, Campbell, (408) 384-8540, kouvarislaw.com

My son just had his Trust/Will done by [them].

Barbara S.; 2/24/21

Heidi Youssef

1999 S Bascom Ave # 950, Campbell, 408-402-3678

She came recommended by a close friend and did my trust.

Tina on Hillsdale; 2/24/21

Richard Dayton

1754 Technology Dr #230, 408/437-7570, Info@TheDaytonLawFirm.com

We found Richard Dayton from the eList "Community Recommends" webpage, and found him and his firm to be very thorough, precise, and able to handle a variety of complications and requests. Highly recommend!

Larry on Willow; 2/24/21

Liza Hanks


She lives in San José and has been doing this for a very long time.

Leslie on Ramona; 11/22/21


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Financial Advisor; Financial Planners; Investments

Jay C. Fong, Concentrum Wealth Management

353 Piercy Road, San Jose, (408) 840-4030, jay.fong@concentrumwealth.com,

We’ve been very happy with Jay Fong at Concentrum Wealth Management for over 20 years.

Mary (formerly on Georgetta); 10/15/21

Michael Levy, LPL Financial

Danville, (800) 877-7210

Michael Levy with LPL has managed my investments for over 20 years. He’s extremely ethical and responsive. I’m very happy with the results.

Carol on De Anza Way; 10/15/21


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Funerals and Cremation

Willow Glen Funeral Home

1039 Lincoln Ave., (408) 295-6446, https://bit.ly/3vNff50

My family has been very comfortable with going to Willow Glen Funeral Home for generations. Melissa (Manager) is very kind, patient, and thorough. 

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 7/22/22

Santa Clara Funeral & Cremation Service (The Casket Store)

1386 N. Winchester Blvd., 408-296-2988, info@cremationfuneralhomes.com


[… we were very pleased with their low-cost cremation. The director James was very kind and caring, and guided us through the necessary paperwork. [We] had planned and paid for everything in advance…and the Service handled everything with just one call when she did pass. [The] Service DOES offer traditional burial services, and sell caskets…so they do offer more than cremations. But we found they were easily the most affordable cremation service in the area.

Jim formerly on Settle Ave.; 7/22/22

Bay Area Mortuary Services

1701 Little Orchard St., (408) 998-2202, https://bayareamortuary.com/

Bay Area Mortuary Services was recommended by the hospice team I had for my mom.

I was very satisfied with their services. Very reasonable and caring.

Lisa on Plaza; 8/3/22

San Jose Funeral Services


I used this service. $900 for cremation of my father in 2007. They are less than all others listed on the e-list. You can start your inquiry online. [They provide full services] They were great for us. Kind. Thoughtful. I found their prices less than Neptune Society.

Gail on California; 12/17/22, 1/24/23

Neptune Society

(408) 287-8700, https://www.neptunecremation.com/

my family was very pleased with the Neptune Society's services in 2015 (prompt & efficient), slightly less satisfied with Trident's in 2020 (had to keep following up to get info & documents). It is a BIG help to have arrangements in place ahead of time, and then be sure everyone knows about it.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 12/17/22


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Income Taxes & Tax Consultant

Amanda Bonomi, Securities America

1625 The Alameda, Suite 206, (650) 224-8906,  ABonomi@SecuritiesAmerica.com

My tax advisor lives in WG & is part of a small family firm on The Alameda.  I think you'd be pleased with her and their staff. Feel free to tell them that I referred you.

Maureen near Willow & Bird; 2/13/23


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Insurance Agents

Automobile Insurance / Car Insurance
AAA Insurance


We've had AAA for years and they were very responsive the two times we had a claim.

Jeff on Brooks; 12/2/23

Heidi Shigamatsu, Farmer’s Insurance

408 288-9222

I've been quite happy with local Farmers' agent Heidi Shigamatsu, and so far Farmers is still writing auto and non-wildfire area homeowners' policies here in California.

Carol on Curtiss; 12/2/23


https://www.safeco.com/ or https://www.usaa.com/

Marguerite on Kayellen Ct.; 12/6/23


I’ve been very happy with USAA for both [home and auto]. If you or a parent or spouse have ever served in the military you are eligible. Maybe some other ways too, idk.  Not cheapest but very responsive and caring when you need them. 

Karlie on Glenwood Ave; 1/4/24

Health Insurance Broker
Edna Vilozny

7545 Sequel Dr. Suite B, Aptos, 831 685 8228,  edna@viloznyinsurance.com

She is wonderful and so knowledgeable with all the ins/outs of plans and ways to save money while getting the best products/plans. She gave an very easy link to for SSA to do the initial sign up for Medicare. I appreciate her assistance and it reduces the stress of making these insurance decisions.  

Lynn on Clintonia; 9/15/22

Liability Insurance


I teach Tai Chi and have insurance through [them]. I’ve found them easy to work with.

Linda on Dorothy Avenue; 6/20/22

Brian Baccus, Brian Insurance Agency

408 578-8787, Brian@65medplan.com

I would like to recommend Brian … for any Medicare insurance assistance. He has helped us for about 20 years, and regularly checks in with us during Medicare's open enrollment, and during California's birthday rule period where you can easily change plans.

Lorraine on Newport; 8/14/23


Absolutely! I 2nd this recommendation for Brian Baccus. I’ve have used him myself for my own Medicare insurance needs. He regularly checks in & just did so with me for California’s Birthday Rule.

LiAnne on Prevost; 8/14/23

Edna Vilozny

7545 Soquel Drive, Suite B, Aptos, 831.685.8228 office, 831.325.7813 direct

We have used and highly recommend our broker.   You do not pay for her services as insurance companies pay a commission to the Broker, however if you purchase directly, the company just keeps the fee. You do not get a discount. 

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/14/23

Allan & Jill Eckman, Baycrest Insurance


Jack and I had a good experience with Allan & Jill Eckman at Baycrest Insurance. We had been to a few open meetings hosted by various vendors through our doctor, etc. and were totally confused. [Our financial advisor had] Allan give us and his team a presentation. Very helpful.

Mary formerly on Cristina, Settle, Georgetta; 8/14/23

Steve Snyder - Licensed Insurance Agent

P (510) 599-4700, ssnyder@healthmarkets.com

I highly recommend my insurance broker, a mature, responsive and a trustworthy person whom I was fortunate to come across. I have recommended him to others who have been equally pleased with his services. 

Mary on Iris Ct.; 8/15/23


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Lawyers & Attorneys

Elder rights / Seniors
Kramer Radin


Kramer Radin is a small law firm in Los Altos that specializes in elder-related and estate-planning issues.  A friend who used the firm for her mother and uncle -- and recently for her brother -- has been very pleased. Another friend is also using them.

Curt G.; 8/23/23

Gallagher, Reedy & Jones

19 N Santa Cruz Ave # A, Los Gatos, (408) 354-1388; grj@grjlaw.com

[Rebecca Sue Jones at GR&J] handled two estates that we were executors for. She handled the wills and trusts for both parties and advised us all through the process. She is knowledgeable, fair, thorough and most importantly honest. She lives here in Willow Glen.

Bill and Jan on Glen Eyrie; 4/11/22


I second Rebecca Sue Jones! She handles our estate documents, periodic review of them and as well, she put together estate documents very last minute when my brother was dying. She’s easy to work with, very knowledgeable and a very nice person too. 4 years ago she charged about $400/hour. 

Regan on Jansen; 4/11/22

Dina Hoffman

740 Front St., Ste. 305, Santa Cruz, 831-423-1411

We have just the person for you [for dealing with a hand written will]. Fast, professional, smart, reliable, friendly, reasonable fees. A 100% top notch attorney.

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/1/23

Daniel S. Gonzales, Esq., Ferrari, Ottoboni, Caputo & Wunderling, LLP

333 W. Santa Clara St., Ste. 700, (408) 280-0535, www.ferrarilawpartners.com, www.danielsgonzales.com

If you need someone for any trust or estate matters, I recommend Daniel Gonzales, Esq. He is anything by cheap, and may not be taking on new clients, but he definitely knows his stuff from what I saw working with him once. Note I'm not entirely sure about the opposition part, but he got me out of a bind for sure.

Dan on Carolyn; 8/1/23

Living Wills and Trusts
Rich Dayton, Dayton Law Firm

408.437.7570, richdayton@att.net

I got the recommendation for Rich Dayton from the eList, and am quite pleased with his work.  He quickly but thoroughly explains all the details, and discusses how to minimize taxes and time delays, and the many options on how funds can be distributed over time.

Larry on Willow; 2/7/24

Real Estate
Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck

1960 The Alameda, Ste. 200, (408) 780-0358, https://www.rhrc.net/attorney/gravink-eric-a/

[This firm] specializes in real estate. We were helped by Eric Gravink (who lives in Willow Glen) but I'm sure any of the lawyers there will do an excellent job for you.

Jim (formerly on Settle); 3/22/22


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Mortgage / Refinancing / Appraisals / Loan Broker

Real Estate Appraisers
Caryn Shoemaker, Tri Bay Appraiser


Caryn comes highly recommended

Lynn on Clintonia; 2/28/22

Art Appraisals


Years ago, we took some things to Bonhams in San Francisco for appraisals.  Every so often, they used to have an open house where you could bring things in for an appraisal.  You can get more information at Bonhams.com.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/25/21


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UPS Store

1702 Meridian Ave, Unit L, (408) 265-5005

I totally echo the UPS Store recommendation. Call them in advance to be sure the notary is in when you plan to stop by. In The Dry Creek Shopping Center with Arco Gas Station & Starbucks, Across From The Main Willow Glen Post Office

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 12/27/21

Antoinette Saliba

631-463-9512;  saliba.antoinette@gmail.com

I am a Willow Glen resident, I work [as a Notary Public] on Lincoln Ave.

** self-recommended **

Antoinette Saliba; saliba.antoinette@gmail.com; 4/19/22

Mobile Notary
Neha Bishnoi, Mobile Notary / Loan Signing Agent

(408) 621-4503, neha_bishnoi@outlook.com

Would like to recommend Neha (local in Willow Glen) ---- I had a document I needed quickly, and with my usual notary having moved out of state, she came through...will be my new 'go-to'. 100k E&O - NNACertified and Licensed.

Karin on Curtner; 8/4/23


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Property manager

A to B Property Management

https://atobpropertymanagement.com/  1975 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 32, SJ 95125; (408) 495-2153

Hello, my name is Bob Nastasi. Founder of A to B Property Management. Since 1994, our staff has provided quality service in the leasing of properties, screening tenants, marketing, and rent collection without fail.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 2/5/23


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Home Remodeling / Repair / Maintenance

Accessibility / Mobility Equipment / Handicap Services & Maintenance

Home Safety Services, Inc.

1 (888) 388-3811, https://www.homesafety.net/

Not cheap, but the installer had excellent location advice based on his experience. (And, a couple of years later, they all work well.)  Licensed contractor. This Bay Area company did an excellent job installing grab bars for a friend. They do lots of home-safety work, including installing permanent and temporary wheelchair ramps. Also railings, transfer poles, elevators, etc. https://www.homesafety.net/solutions/wheelchair-ramps/

Curt G.; 11/16/22, 11/8/23

Health Care Equipment
Bischoff's Medical & Mobility

225 N. Bascom Ave., https://www.bischoffsmedical.com/

About time I submitted a recommendation for Bischoff's...Bischoff's Medical & Mobility carries quality home healthcare choices. For example, they have a very good selection of rollators in their store -- my friend is still very pleased with the four-wheel rollator that he bought there several years ago.

Curt G.; 4/19/23


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Appliance Sale & Repair

Richard Johnson, Appliance Repair and Maintenance

408-439-9645 (cell), 408-835-4849 (work)

[ARM not recommended by]

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/30/22

Ace Appliance

(408) 227-2600, http://ace-appliance.com/

[Ace has] Nice people who do a good job.  Prompt scheduling by Valerie, efficient and capable service by Monte, all for a more than fair price.  I called about a washing machine this time and will rely on them again whenever some other appliance needs help.  Ace Appliance just did a wonderful job with my 2009 Kenmore gas oven.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 11/30/21, 1/20/24


I just had Ace Appliance out to repair my dishwasher and gas oven. He was great! He tested and fixed the oven and gave me a cheap and easy solution that got my dishwasher back up to speed. And he fine-tuned my cooktop gas jets for free.

Tina on Monte Vista; 7/26/22, 1/20/24


I second Monty at Ace Appliance; he's reasonable, reliable, honest, and he knows what he is doing.  If it isn't worth it to repair something, he'll tell you.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 1/20/24

Appliance Repair Gurus


I’ve had several good experiences with Ned at Appliance Repair Gurus.

Kim on Kayellen Ct.; 11/29/21

Art Appliance Repair

1135 Luchessi Dr., (408) 401-4178, https://www.artappliances.com/

It was the best experience I’ve had with a service person. Art called 20 minutes before arrival. Arrived on time. He was thorough and carefully trouble shot the issue [with our dishwasher]…he fixed it quickly and efficiently. He [looked at our oven] and quickly resolved the problem. He said his specialty is refrigerators. He is charming, funny, knowledgeable, local and eager to provide you with the best service possible. His pricing is very reasonable for the expertise he brings to the business.

Casey; 12/29/22

Paramjit Singh, Appliance Repair Gurus

(408) 705-8452, https://inhomeapplianceservice.com/

I want to give a shout out to Mr. Singh, of Appliance Gurus, who has (unfortunately) had to repair three appliances at our house in the past couple of months. He's everything you could ask for: fair, prompt, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. He's at the top of my list to call when we have an appliance problem.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 2/5/21


I had Mr. Singh … repair my Jenn-Air oven - 20 years old.  …he was prompt. He told me what the problem was and had to order a part. A week later he came and installed part. Mr. Singh was wonderful - very knowledgeable. He repairs a variety of appliances. I highly recommend Appliance Repair Gurus. 

Carol on Kiner; 1/9/22


I’ve used [Appliance Repair Gurus] as well and have been extremely happy with them. I’ve had him work on our oven and washer.

Kimberley D.; 1/9/22


I had Mr. Paramjit Singh at Appliance Repair Gurus replace [my dryer] recently. He’s very knowledgeable and won’t recommend more than you need. 

Glenda on Padres; 1/21/23

Bishop Appliance Repair

(408) 771-2827; www.bishopappliancerepair.com

I've had good experiences with Bishop Appliance.

Doreen on Kring; 8/9/21


[Tommy Bishop] is an amazing repairman. I have used him several times over the years. He is reasonably priced, extremely knowledgeable, honest, and reliable. He fixes refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, stoves, ranges, ovens, cooktops, trash compactors and garbage disposals. Lic # A46131

Cindy K.; 12/3/23

Master Appliance


I found an excellent company that had very high reviews. They charge $75 for the diagnostic, but if you decide you want your appliance repaired or replaced and they do the work, they take the $75 off of the bill. 

Barb MacNeil; 8/9/21

Mitchell, M&R Repair Company


Honest, reliable, fairly priced.

Maria S.; 2/7/22

J & H Appliance

367 Meridian Ave., (408) 279-6900

J&H has been terrific at fixing our Whirlpool & Maytag washers / dryers, and Whirlpool fridge over the years...

John on Mayellen Avenue; 7/26/22

Airport Home Appliance

966 S. Bascom Ave., (408) 200-2100, https://www.airportappliance.com/

Just wanted to shout out Rickey Peter (sales) and the team at Airport Appliance. We found a GE refrigerator for the best price (we checked with 5 other places) and delivered within 2 days; the whole process was so easy. Many stores/websites have this same model on back order through at least August.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 7/13/22


Another shoutout for Airport Appliance. My fridge died and I purchased a new fridge from AA that was delivered in three days due to a holiday. They employ their own delivery people instead of subbing out the jobs to other companies. Much better service and attention to details. AA also price matches.

Pam on Wren; 7/15/22

Ray, RO Appliance


I have an excellent repairman who lives in WG. On the phone, his wife Rose gave me tips on how to fix my gas stove myself so that he might not have to come out. He spent over an hour at my house and I was only charged $100. He does not fix Miele but fixes most other brands of dishwasher, stove, oven, refrigerator, and washer/dryer.

Susan on Gerald; 12/29/22, 7/11/23

West Coast Service


I have used Paul of West Coast Service several times on my Miele dishwasher.  He was trying to retire so I don't know his status right now.  He is excellent.

Susan on Gerald; 1/31/23

Dryer Duct Cleaning
Dennis Justus, Dryer Duct Cleaning  


If you would like a second resource, try this guy. He's been around a long time and cleans all kinds of vents.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/10/21

Vacuum Repair
AAA Vacuum and Sewing

19070 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 408-255-4762

I’ve recently found the greatest vacuum repair service that I would highly recommend to you and to others. The owner is extremely nice and I highly recommend him.  He will give you a quote before doing the repair work.

Martha on Hamilton Way; 5/18/22

Washers & Dryers

We have had a Maytag set for about a year and a half. We purchase it at Airport Appliance on Bascom. So far they work like a charm.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/14/21


I have a washer and dryer made by LG. Both are front load. I’ve had them for almost 20 years with no problems. I’m very happy with them.

Brooke on Dry Creek Village’ 3/15/21


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Architect/Designer/Structural & Civil Engineer

Diony T. Bugay, AIA, Certified Green Building Professional

(408) 229-8683

We used Diony for our addition 6 years ago. He was great to work with, listened to what my wife wanted, and "helped" the plans along through the city. Price wise, I would expect $500/sqft is a good starting budgeting point and that's really dependent on what you're actually doing.

Martin P.; 4/14/24


I also used Diony Bugay about 7 years ago to rebuild my garage. … so not a lot of creative design there, but as Martin said, he walked the plans through with the City and that helped things go through smoothly.  Professional, responsive and the price seemed reasonable for the work done.  

Suzanne on Bennett; 4/14/24

Steve Hinderberger

(408) 394-1839, Steve@HindesignOnline.com

We used Steve Hinderberger about 7 years ago. He did an amazing job of integrating our old house to the new addition. . .matching the roofline and providing a beautiful craftsman style design. He’s very patient and listens to what you were looking for. In addition, he was really good working with our contractor and the various parties involved in the remodel.

Sanjit on Hervey; 4/14/24


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Bathroom Remodeling / Refinish

Bathtub Refinishing
Commercial Bath

(408) 944-0440

I haven't used them in a couple of years but they were always excellent.  Warning - the epoxy used in this process is very toxic and you will want to be out of your house while it's being done, and hopefully keep that bathroom closed with window open for a day or two.

Susan on Gerald; 6/23/23


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Carpentry / Cabinet Maker

(see also "Handyman", Kitchens)


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Chimney Clean Company


We have used Chimney Clean Company for many years. They clean, inspect, troubleshoot, etc.

Jacqui on Curtiss; 1/20/23


[Our] “chimney cap”…was blown off. I went to our eList recommendations page [and] found the folks at Chimney Clean Company…The next day they sent their guy Nathan out who quite quickly reattached [it]. Very polite, professional and speedy.…I happily recommend Chimney Clean Company - office folks Jennifer and Jessica.

Todd on Blewett; 2/17/24

Greg Jones Masonry

(408) 377-7512

I have used Greg Jones Masonry since 1999.

Lisa on Plaza; 1/20/23


Greg Jones is awesome.  My trusted property inspector recommended him and so do I.  I have used him numerous times with many clients. Licensed contractor and mason.

Susan on Gerald; 1/21/23


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Chimney Cleaners / Chimney Sweep / Flue Inspectors

AAA Heating & Air


I would recommend AAA Heating & Air. A local furnace/a-c company who has been around for years…

Brigette O.; 10/15/21

Chimney Clean Company

(408) 265-1010, https://chimneycleanco.com/

They are excellent. I used them for years.

Carol on Gaton Dr.; 1/15/22


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Contractors & Remodeling

[see discussion at bottom of webpage.]

Carlos Farias, CMF Construction

408-210-6527, Carlos@CMFConstruction.net

No one better than Carlos Farias-he did my entire house and several of my clients. He is professional, has great ideas, stays on schedule and has a team that is experienced and pleasant to work with. Feel free to call me if you have any questions-best of luck!

Mary Ann W; 2/1/22

Steve Caposio, Xteria Construction

https://www.xteriaconstruction.net, 1-408-295-7777

You might try Xteria Construction (San Jose) as they have been doing this type of work [roof venting] for nearly 40 years. They did my roof (and neighbors) back in 2012 and it looks almost like new.

Larry on Knollwood; 1/12/21

Ray Torres, Ray Torres and Associates, Inc

(408) 561-3217

He is a contractor and does everything except stucco. He says no job is too small. He communicates well, is flexible and knows how to fix just about anything. He has been working in construction since he was 14. He has fixed many problems. (electrical and plumbing also) I highly recommend.

Gail on California; 3/16/21, 9/24/21, 11/10/21

Nolan Building, Residential and Commercial License #897342

1227 Fairview Ave., 408-460-8651, nolanbandd@gmail.com

We have had Nolan Building do several projects for us and they have completely remodeled several houses in Willow Glen. Craig, the owner, is easy to work with, reliable, reasonably priced and keeps things clean. He is licensed and bonded and I’m sure he is familiar with permits. We have had several of his workers here and all has gone very well.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/17/22, 8/18/22

Nick and Michelle Yegge, Heartwood Residential

520 E McGlincy Ln #9, Campbell, (408) 353-2019, https://www.heartwoodresidential.com/

Highly, highly recommend Nick and Michelle of Heartwood Residential. They did a beautiful job on our master bath gut/remodel. They and also their subcontractors were neat, tidy and respectful. And tolerated our dog in the process!

Kris on Settle; 2/5/22

Steve or Zach Stuck, S&S Renovations

(408) 293-6004 or (408) 688-5665, https://www.sandsrenovationssj.com/

…a pleasure to work with…! Steve and his son Zach walked us through the process of picking [materials] and also making suggestions along the way on what we could do with the space we had. They were very responsive to phone calls and emails, and answering my many questions.    Their workers were friendly and polite, and made sure to clean up every day before leaving. Steve or Zach would come out almost daily to check-in on the progress and to answer any additional questions that came up. They are general contractors that can tackle bathroom, kitchen, and other projects you would need a GC for. 

Susan on Minnesota/Meridian; 2/13/23

Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU -- “Granny Flats”)



Gail on California; 1/23/23

Nikolic General Construction


We are working with Nikolic General Construction and we simply used their architect + engineer as we weren't aiming for any specific designs. Nikola, who owns NGC, is very experienced in building, and uses practical approaches coupled with the required attention to detail.

Anand on Curtner; 1/28/23

Brad Cox Architect

1155 Meridian Ave #208, (408) 838-3667

I highly recommend Brad Cox Architect. They’ve designed ADU’s locally. They do beautiful work, and really great to work with!

Julie on De Anza Way; 1/28/23

Caitlin O. Bigelow

619.823.6983: www.MaxableSpace.com

We help homeowners navigate the process of designing and building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Our head of design has completed over 100 ADU permits and we're very knowledgeable. You can view our website to learn more; I know the WG neighborhood intimately! 

* self-recommend *

Caitlin O. Bigelow; caitlinobigelow@gmail.com; 1/3/21

Bay Area Underpinnings

707-310-0602, https://www.bayareaunderpinning.com/contact-us/ 

…they have an entire staff that does everything - plans, permits, the work, inspections, everything. Professional, respectful, knowledgeable and totally looking out for the client. Their crew loves their work. The foreman, Rene, was so helpful and they did an outstanding job.  Excellent work.

Gail on California; 1/5/21


I highly recommend [Bay Area Underpinning].  Some of our neighbors used them as well. You can email me directly and I can share with you what I had done. Trevor Halloran was the guy who came out and did the estimate and bid, Brandon Ramirez was our foreman. Both excellent people to work with.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 9/9/22

Nikolic General Construction


I vouch for Nikola Nikolic who owns Nikolic General Construction. … you can give him my name.

Anand on Curtner; 1/28/23

Senior Retrofit
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley


This is exactly the type of work they do. It's a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization who's goal is to make homes safe for seniors so they can continue living securely in their own homes as long as possible. I've volunteered with them for many years, and have referred at least 3 friends to them. There is no cost to the homeowner, and the process can be started online or by phone. It's really worth checking them out.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 2/16/22

Home Safety Services, Inc.

1 (888) 388-3811, https://www.homesafety.net/

Licensed contractor. Note: The bars stocked in their truck are stainless. If you want white in any location, for example on white front door trim, specify that when you call. My friend is very pleased. And I feel a lot better about him staying in his house.

Curt G.; 2/16/22


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Curtains / Blinds / Drapery / Window Coverings

Smith & Noble


You can find them online. You can have a designer come to your home to measure and show you options. Highly recommend. I've been very happy with their work for many years.

Karen  on Blewett; 3/18/21, 4/19/23

J. M. Wheeler Window Coverings

408-247-1810, https://jmwshutters.com/, shutterpros@gmail.com 

We've been pretty happy with J. M. Wheeler Window Coverings for Hunter Douglas [window blinds]. Can't say they're cheap, but they've been good to work with and their installations have been excellent.

Brian formerly on California; 7/8/22


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Doors (House & Garage)

The Screen Shop

601 Hamlin St., 408-295-7384

[The Screen Shop] have been in business for over 75 years and they do great work.

Suzanne on Cristina; 8/19/21


Usually, I take my Milgard screens to them for re-screening but they do some services to your home - I would imagine it depends on the job. We also had them put in an excellent security screen door a few years ago -- it's one of our more favorite improvements to the house.

John on Mayellen Ave; 8/19/21


The Screen Shop is very expensive = @ $120 for 3 small screens - I took them to the shop.  Should have used old frames. Someone coming to your house is even more costly.

Pam in Wren; 8/19/21

Bull’s Glass & Screen Center

1362 S De Anza Blvd., 408-725-4070

I took my sliding screen door to Bull’s Glass & Screen Center…New screen cost @$68 and it was ready in a couple of days. If they came to my house to pick up door, the cost would have been $100+$68+$150=$318!

Pam in Wren; 8/19/21

Door Repair/Replacement
Isidro Olmos


I just had Isidro Olmos fix two doors. The doors had settled and were no longer closing correctly. He was so quick and reasonable! Thank you elist!!!

Sandy on Richland; 9/12/23

Anderson Window and Door

696 Auzerais Ave., (408) 479-7295

We replaced our front door 4 years ago. We got our door at Andersen window on Auzerais Ave. and had our contractor install it. Andersen had a great selection and I think they can recommend contractors to install it if you don't already have one. 

Regan on Jansen; 4/24/24

Lou’s Doors

1730 Junction Ave., (408) 436-1736

I second Lou’s doors.

Sanjit on Hervey; 4/25/24

Garage Door Repair
Steve Chapman, Mike Howard Garage Doors

479 Salmar Ave., Campbell, 408-378-5409, http://www.mikehowardgaragedoors.com/

The owner [Steve] handled the conversion from my old sliding doors to overhead very well. His crew…did a great job and were easy to work with. And his wife in the office had excellent advice on selecting the door. Very pleased with the complex installation job done. The door still works perfectly after seven years.

Curt G.; 1/31/21, 7/21/21

Ron Mosher, The Garage Door Guy

1260 Foxworthy Ave., (408) 591-7828

He is just the best guy! Honest! Very reasonable pricing! He's the owner, been in the business for years, and he will not oversell you!  he did some tweaking on ours, sprayed some blue Lithium spray on the tracks, then told me I did not need a new one…

Cindy K.; 8/10/22


Second for Ron Mosher of The Garage Door Guys. He’s helped me out a couple of times and really knows his stuff.

Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/5/22


My garage opener remote is now working thanks to simple guidance from Ron [at Garage Door Guys]. My issue was very simple, far too small for commercial vendors (who weren't responsive). Ron diagnosed the old remotes weren't going to work and it was easy to program a new replacement.

Greg A.; 8/9/22

Cal’s Overhead Door

750 Camden Ave, Campbell, 408 379 2151

I’ve used Cal’s Overhead Door for over 12 years. I recommend them highly. Fair pricing. Good work. Stand by their work and very customer oriented. In addition to replacing the motor, they suggested a security lock that could only be locked and unlocked by hand. They also made sure that the remote was paired with my car controls before they left. If you have an urgent concern they will come, right out. 

Casey on Minnesota Ave; 1/30/21

Herman, Flag Overhead Garage Door Repair Service

408-993-8888, 650-834-1842, www.flagoverhead.com

Herman, owner, Flag Overhead Garage Door Repair Service, was able to come out same day, to replace 2 springs on garage door. He is professional, reliable, fair, reasonably priced, and friendly.

Rene on Marcia; 7/22/21, 6/11/23


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Chad, Hahn's Lighting Service Inc.

no longer does residential work.

Peter Schwab, Schwab Electric


I’ve been using Peter Schwab of Schwab Electric for years for both large and small jobs

Nina on El Rio; 2/15/21


Peter and his son Alex quickly did a fine job for me as well!

Larry on Willow; 3/15/21


[Peter has retired, and his son Alex has taken over the business.]

Tina; 12/13/23

Hewlett Electric


[Hewlett Electrical] honestly said that if the…contractor I'd talk to [about a new heat pump water heater] could also do the electrical work then that would be better because there'd only be one permit instead of two. He still…spent 20 mins. going over pictures I texted him... Super friendly, been in the profession for many years and didn't rush our conversation. I asked him what I could pay him for his time and he said nothing! Will definitely use him for any future electrical work!

Vern on Laurie; 3/15/22

Willow Glen Electric

844-389-7378; 408-676-3799; 3751 Charter Park Ct Suite D, (408) 665-7431, https://www.willowglenelectric.com/

For me [WGE] installed new carriage lights on the front of my garage and removed the old, and replaced a GFC outlet in my bathroom. Happy to endorse them.

Tina on Hillsdale Av; 4/18/22


We needed extra lights installed in our outdoor pergola, also upgraded to LED. [WG Electric were] outstanding. Keep us posted all the time and let us know when they were coming. [They] set up the schedule with PG&E and followed through when a date had to be rescheduled. Highly recommend.

Tom on Kiner; 6/6/22

Mike Winger at Winger Electric

(408) 210-6456, winger_electric@yahoo.com

Mike has did a great job for us. He was fast, efficient and affordable.

Bob on Bird; 2/15/21, 4/18/21

Chase Fry Electric


I trust Chase Fry Electric. I use him for myself and my clients.

Karen on Blewett; 3/15/22

Frank, Allspark Electric


Frank from allspark electric is the best. I can't say enough food things about our experience with him.

Lindsay A.; 3/16/22

Wooding Electric


I recommend Wooding Electric. I used them within the last 2 weeks to take care of an odd issue between my furnace and a/c unit. Fast response, excellent work, cleaned up after finishing the job, professional licensed contractor.

Brooke on Dry Creek Village; 8/19/22

Feixiong T., Task Rabbit


…he was on time, wore a mask and shoe coverings, completed my 5 tasks efficiently, safely, and competently, and even creatively helped troubleshoot installation on a lighting. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again. [Charged] … a total of $69/hour.

Jim formerly on Settle Ave; 10/25/22

Robert Bredsteen

408-963-1469, CaliberHM@gmail.com

I’d like to highly recommend Robert Bredsteen for the WG back fence e-list. Robert is licensed, personable and professional. He is also reasonably priced, on time and willing to explain his work process so the client fully understands the scope of work.

Julia on Husted; 10/5/23

Wooding Electric

https://www.woodingelectric.com/  3390 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara; (408) 675-7950 

Wooding Electric, your neighborhood electrician, is committed to ensuring all your electrical installations, repairs and upgrades are completed to perfection. Our professional team has years of extensive experience. Our work is timely and convenient.

** self-recommended **

Dave Collado, marketing: davidcollado2010@gmail.com; 2/5/23

Lamp Repair
Wright Lighting

1572 Meridian Ave., (408) 979-0800

I’ve used Wright Lighting on Meridian over the years. I have had several lamps that have been handed down to me from my family refurbished there. They’ve always done great work for me.

Casey on Minnesota; 11/5/21


We have also used Wright Lighting.

Barb M.; 11/5/21


Flickering Lights, Appliances behaving strangely, …



Call PG&E right away. It’s possible that it’s a broken or disconnected neutral wire [from the pole] to the house. They will come out and repair it for free.



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Flooring Installer / Refinisher / Tile / Carpet

Pete's Floors

408/998-5303; petesfloorswd@gmail.com (email); https://petesfloors.wordpress.com/

My friend specializes in detailed repair work of old wood floors, often able to repair damaged areas with the exact-same matching old flooring boards.

Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21

Slaughterbeck Floors,

730 Camden Ave, Campbell, (at Winchester) (408) 379-5813

[Though the manufacturer was at fault, they] immediately took action. They had me pick out a new flooring product, and removed the defective floor (along with baseboards, toilet, etc.) and installed the new flooring, replaced the baseboards/toilet, and did touchup painting, all without charge to us. … the owner … said it was most important to them that their customers were satisfied …

Janice on Coolidge; 4/18/21


Slaughterbeck did a great job for us!

Kathleen on Fairview; 6/16/21

Floors: Pete's Floors

408/998-5303; petesfloorswd@gmail.com;  https://petesfloors.wordpress.com/

License #396188; Lead Certification #NAT-73467-1

Specializing in:

Installation of all species of wood, including parquet, solid, engineered, pre-finished & laminate flooring, refinishing of existing wood floors, interior & exterior, sub-floor prep & leveling, repairs, borders, inlays, custom staining, stairs, consultation. 

I do all the work with my one employee who has trained with me for over 28 years.  I charge an estimate fee when I come out, which is deducted from the contract if you end up having me do the work.  Our workmanship is focused on detail.  Am an associate member of artisticlicense.org (a guild of artisans specializing in restoration) 

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Pete Anderson, Owner; petesfloorswd@gmail.com, 2/8/21


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Furniture Refinishing & Repair

George, A-1 Furniture Refinishing

210 San Jose Ave, #17, 408.295.2194

Just had a [100-year old Chippendale] dining room chair repaired… George did a fine job, took the whole chair apart and reglued all joints, and repaired the back panel, and even repaired some places where my cat had chewed on the wood.

Carol on Glenwood; 3/11/22

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Gomez All Glass

1856 Almaden Rd #4, (408) 622-4032

I highly recommend. Their service and prices are excellent. I had given… the owner the wrong measurements [so] I asked him to make a new piece, and to cut the ill-fitting piece to a smaller size for another tabletop. He did it quickly and didn't charge me to cut the piece down to the new size.

Rebecca on Newport; 8/17/21

Stained Glass
Franciscan Glass Co Inc

100 San Antonio Cir, Mountain View, (650) 948-6666

It's one of the oldest (and few remaining) places where the public can buy stained or patterned glass retail, and I'm pretty sure they have a service dept. as well.

Larry on Willow; 2/8/21

Shower Glass
Malad, Super Glass

2215 S Winchester Blvd., 408-316-9021

For shower doors I highly recommend Super Glass at 2215 S Winchester. I've used them for my clients and our own shower door.

Karen on Blewett; 3/27/23


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"Handyman" / Chores / “Mother’s Helpers”

[see discussion at bottom of webpage.]

Manuel Corral


There is nothing that this handyman extraordinaire has not been able to do, and do well, for me and my clients.

Karen on Blewett; 8/8/22


We have been so blessed with [Manny] help around our house. Inside and outside projects. Happy to share this great source.

Lynn on Clintonia; 2/15/24


We just used Manny Corral to make some repairs in our home. He was knowledgeable, efficient and a good communicator. We will call him again for future needs.

Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 4/24/24

Dave Mowles


We’ve recently used Dave Mowles for several jobs. He is reliable and does excellent work. He is a contractor, but also does small jobs.

Susan on Parkside; 4/21/21, 6/1/21

Filipe Cardona

(408) 307-6393, car.handyman@yahoo.com

I needed 9 electrical outlets installed. He was fabulous — got back to me immediately, arrived on time, was meticulous, cleaned up after himself, did everything as promised plus more. He does electrical, plumbing, builds decks, other construction and more. No job too small. Very reasonable rates — he bids by the job, not the hour.

Rebecca on Newport’ 1/8/22


(408) 725-4228

Rebuilt and installed new fence as well as many household repairs. He has many, many neighbors he’s worked for over a 10 + years. Very fair prices

Lynn on Clintonia; 7/28/23



I recently employed Alvaro for several repairs at my house. He installed a new medicine cabinet, adjusted a French hinge and replaced/stained a hardwood floor to door trim. He is a perfectionist & is reasonably priced. I highly recommend him.

Barbara on Husted; 4/8/24



Need a remodeling consultant, small project licensed building contractor or handyman? Barry is terrific. 40+years in home remodeling construction. Works great with women. Great integrity. Great work. Great communication. Immense knowledge of how to almost anything. Can’t recommend him highly enough!).

Terri on Franquette; 4/24/24

Haas Perry Smart Home Help in Willow Glen

haasperry@gmail.com or text 408-617-7979   

Local WG handyman and son are available for help around the house including making your home smart, safe and secure. We can do odd jobs and install new tech like Nest Thermostats, Wi-Fi Cameras, Alexa and Google Home speakers, Roku, Sonos, Smart TV’s, computers, and furniture too! Simply send us an email with an idea of what you need to get done and we’ll provide a quote @ $30/hr.


Ryan on Glenn: haasperry@gmail.com; 10/5/20


Should a handyman be insured?

In case a licensed contractor is required for your job, be sure to check that the license is active, workers' comp insurance is paid (if they use add'l people) and there aren't any complaints against the license (see http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)….[It's] my understanding homeowners' insurance policies don't pay if someone is hurt and you haven't hired the person according to protocol ….To be on the safe side, we always hire licensed businesses and check them out at the web address above. May cost a little more but we're paying for peace of mind.

Janice on Coolidge; May 25, 2012


A contractor does not need to have liability insurance but one of the disclosure forms that must be provided to a customer and signed off on states whether or not he has it. It's in everybody's best interest for a contractor to carry liability insurance.  If a contractor is using employees on the job, they must be covered by a policy of workmans' compensation insurance. Contract temporary labor [should] have that insurance from the agency that provides them. If the contractor does not have employees, no workman's comp is needed.  Jobs over $700.00 now require a license. Check the license number with the state at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/onlineservices/checklicenseII/checklicense.aspx. Follow up on their references, usually best to just get their three last jobs rather than their gold plated ref's. You might also ask about a job that went south and how they fixed it. To me, that's a big one. How did they handle a problem?

Chris J; May 26, 2012


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Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning [HVAC] (Furnaces) & Duct Cleaning

DunRite Heating and A/C.

26700 Soquel San Jose Road, Los Gatos; hey2gbr@gmail.com; 408-353-4900. dunritehvac.net 

I’ve used [Dunrite] for repairs to my old ac as recently as two weeks ago. They’re reliable and competent.

Gail W.; 9/3/22


They have replaced a heater and an air conditioner over the years. We have also used them for service and repair for both. About once a year we have them come out and check out the units, also. The repairmen are very knowledgeable and their charges are quite reasonable.

They do a great job and are very careful about not damaging things around the units. They’ve been around awhile, so I don’t think older heater will scare them.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/1/23, 1/10/24

Bob, ABS Heating and Air Conditioning

334 Shamrock Dr., Campbell, (408) 238-7178, absheatingandairconditioning.com

We have used ABS Heating & Air Conditioning for decades and would never use any other company.  They are a family-owned business and have very good prices.

Barb M.; 8/21/21

AAA Furnace and Air Conditioning

1712 Stone Ave., 408/293-4717; (669) 235-3793

They [AAA] were efficient, courteous, priced reasonably, and reliable.

Carol on Prevost St.; 1/7/21


I always recommend AAA Heating & Air in Willow Glen.

Brigette O.; 1/7/21

Sal, Costless Heating and Cooling Services 

1165 Lincoln Ave., 408-876-9643, 408-823-7221, www.costlesshvac.com, costlesshvac@yahoo.com

Call Sal at Cost Less Heating Cooling Services.  Sal has 112 Five Star Reviews on yelp and is the most honest HVAC guy I’ve ever met with excellent and fair prices. He even tried to help me diagnose and troubleshoot my problem over the phone to save me the cost of a house call.  They also do the maintenance on the units and clean the ducts annually to keep the efficiency. Richard does the duct cleaning and is also in Willow Glen.

Gail on California Ave.; 1/7/21, 4/5/21


The owner [of Cost Less] is honest and provides an excellent service at a fair price. He has all 5 star reviews on yelp and I highly recommend him.

Holly on Jonathan; 4/1/22, 3/2/23

Josh Kurmel, Controlled Air Systems

408-375-7018 or (408) 512-8658, controlledairsystems@gmail.com

We used Josh Kurmel this last summer.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/5/21

Tran Nguyen, Evergreen Air

(408) 799-9638

Great service and quick responses.

A heat pump heater makes perfect sense with solar and the breaker would be the same used for your A/C (if you have one already - 1 double pole breaker). [Tran is] Ridiculously Knowledgeable

Martin P.; 1/7/21, 12/22/22, 4/4/23

Jose Ramirez


[Jose Ramirez is] an excellent person for stone work, brick, concrete, and tiling. I have used him to completely reface my existing brick fireplace with stone. It came out fantastic and was very reasonably priced. I am…using him to install stone tile on my existing patio and create a separate concrete bbq area. He is very meticulous [and] honest… he noticed that my stone order was not up to quality and he recommended against installation. There were things I could not see, internal cracks, etc... Even though it delayed his work, he was conscientious enough to alert me. 

Andy on Madrona Ave; 6/11/22

Residential Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc of Campbell


[They] did an excellent job last year installing a complete system for a friend of mine. They focus on energy efficiency. They carefully measure the house and run a computer analysis. No high-pressure upselling…they also insulated the attic. I was impressed by the professionalism of the installers – who…used drop cloths, wore boot covers, and cleaned up every day. A couple of weeks later, he needed to have the thermostat simplified -- they sent a very smart and understanding tech…at no charge.

Curt G.; 1/7/21, 9/9/22, 3/8/23

Eric Moran, Cooler Living Systems


We got rid of an old … under-floor furnace and moved the regular furnace … and added new vents and put new supply lines, etc. …we also installed a new A/C and I chose to get one with a heat pump. It works very well. I have a two-tier system controlled by my Nest thermostat…

Anand on Curtner; 4/5/21

Extreme Air Inc.

831-630-1400, extremeairinc.com

I have been extremely happy with extremeairinc.com. Albert has serviced my hvac systems for several years.  Honest and reliable. 

Julia on Husted; 8/19/22

Pacific Coast Mechanical


I use Pacific Coast Mechanical for my forced air furnace at home and our floor furnaces at a duplex. They have been in business for decades and we've used them for years. Super knowledgeable and a real pleasure to deal with.  

Lisa on Lupton; 1/11/24

Air Quality Inspection


We've used Adviro on two properties. They really do know a lot about mold and air quality, along with just about everything else you might need to know. They are local (Leigh Ave) and communicate well and thoroughly. They have always been prompt and responsive for us. Just a note: these tests are not inexpensive!

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 1/4/22

Duct Replacement
Tyler, Residential AC Inc.

(408) 828-6273

Also working with Tyler with Residential AC Inc. for duct replacement.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/5/21


(408) 353-4900

Just had ours all replaced last year. We used. They were great to work with, clean, knowledgeable and professional.

Tofoi Y-M.; 4/28/21


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Housecleaners; House Cleaning

Rosa and José, Rosas Cleaning

(408) 464-2995

They have a couple of teams that will come to clean - usually 4 pp bit sometimes more or less - so it goes quickly. They are very reliable and thorough. Most of the people are Spanish speakers. Jose’s English is very good and I call/text him if I need to talk. I trust the owners completely, but the team changes a lot… 

Karlie on Glenwood Ave; 4/4/21, 2/18/22, 3/8/23

Arturo and Jillian Crespo, Detail Pros Plus

DetailProPlus.com, 408-638-9776.

we are extremely happy with the results. They have wonderful attention to detail and cleaning practices, an excellent work ethic and true dedication to customer service, … [We] are so pleased with the "restoration" of our carpets ...  Not only did they impeccably clean them, they were able to perfectly stretch the buckled areas. They also deep cleaned the stone, granite, tile and grout in our bathrooms as well as a deep clean and polish on our hardwood floors.

Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 4/9/21

Lupe, Blue Clean Janitorial Services

(408) 250-6028.

It is a licensed family operation and wonderful people. They always do a great job and are very trustworthy. They also love my dog. They did just raise their price by $20 but understandable.

Amy on Fairview; 3/17/22

Sanity Divas


[I] contacted Sanity Divas [to clean a tub and shower], response was quick and shortly decided on a day and time. The 2 person team showed up during the start window (30 minutes), quick assessment and were busy. I…was happy this all worked out so easily.

Greg A.; 7/22/22

Yessi Jimines


Our housekeeper has some free time. We have had her for about a year and I am very pleased with her work. She is reliable, honest, easy to work with, and very careful with all my knick-knacks. She brings all her own supplies or will use yours if you have a favorite. She is willing to accommodate whatever you need. I highly recommend her. Use my name when you call.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/24/22, 9/21/23, 2/6/24

Christine Valdivia, M.C. Valdivia Housecleaning Service


She did such an amazing job on a clean-out. She takes great care with cleaning agents she uses, knowing which products to use on certain surfaces, e.g., stainless steel, tile and stone… She is a professional, Christian woman, who takes great pride in her work and is extremely thorough. I highly recommended her. Her rate is $35/hr.

Cindy Kennedy; 3/7/23

Grout Cleaning / Replacement
Grout Doctor

877-476-8800, https://www.groutdoctor.com/

Martin P.; 8/15/22, 4/29/23

Detail Pros

408-638-9776, https://detailproplus.com/

I have used DetailProPlus.com, a local husband and wife team.  Super easy to work with and they worked magic with my dirty white grout that is now white again.   

Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/15/22


I had an exceptional experience with Jillian and Arturo from Detail Pro Plus. He cleaned my tile and it looks like new. He is very very thorough. I had several things completed and was pleased with all.    

Sharon on Glen Ellen Way; 4/29/23


Let me add my wholehearted recommendation for Detail Pros!!  Jillian and Arturo were a pleasure to deal with and they did a brilliant job of cleaning the nasty grout situation in my bathroom. 

Peggy on GEA; 2/26/24


I also used Details Pro and agree they are awesome.  I got the recommendation for them through this wgbackfence group and had them clean my 15 year old white couch.  It looks new again.  Highly recommend them!!!

Beck J.; 2/28/24

Jose Vaquerano, Tile Tech Co.

408-257-9050 or cell: 408-398-7538

I used Tile Tech Co./ Jose Vaquerano to clean and seal 35 year old tile floor (had white grout) and it looked brand new! Could not have been more pleased. He is very neat and tidy. 

Nancy on Kotenberg; 8/17/22, 6/9/23

Ricky Nguyen, Grout Expert

(408) 438-7563, thegroutexperts.com

I used Ricky for a couple of bathrooms ~ he’s excellent. His work has held up for many, many years. He would be my go to in a minute.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/8/23


I got Ricky Nguyen from the elist and he was very good. Highly recommend.

Susan on Gerald Way; 11/28/23

Gutter Cleaning
Ramon Espinoza

408 747 7886

We just had Ramon Espinoza team clean our gutters. Did a great job. text him fair price.

Carol on Kiner; 12/20/22

Travelling Tools


We used Traveling Tools last month. Excellent. Reasonable price. 

Cindi on Tiffany; 1/7/23

Lamar Hanson

(510) 575-4618

It's hard to find gutter cleaners and window washers who will do three stories. Lamar Hanson did our gutters last week and just finished my windows & screens today. Wow! Excellent, thorough and careful work. He's a one man operation - prompt & careful.
Kim on Alta Glen Drive; 6/26/23, 12/31/23

Diamond’s Window Cleaning

Cell: 408-887-0464, office: 888-447-9488, https://diamondswc.co/gutter-cleaning/

Don't let the Window Cleaning part of their name mislead you, they do great gutter cleaning, too. Been in business here for a very long time, and do a great job! And, they do clean windows, too! (I think they even hang Holiday lights)

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/11/23


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Home Theater / Electronics Installation

Steve Spina

(408) 396-5813, https://steve-spina-audio-video.business.site/

I got his name from the recommendations list and hired him to set up TVs in two rooms. I did not hang anything on the walls, but I'm fairly certain he does do this.

Tina on Monte Vista; 2/7/23


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Interior Design

Sue Harrison, Vision Design


I've worked with and am currently working with Sue Harrison of Vision Design. You'd have to contact her to find out if she's right for your job. I like her.

Judi on Kimble; 12/31/21


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Insulation and Attic Maintenance

Residential Heating and Air Conditioning

408-377-4073, https://www.residentialheating-ac.com/

[They] did an excellent job last year installing a complete system for a friend of mine. As part of the job, they also insulated the attic. They focus on energy efficiency. …they gave my friend choices and let him decide. I was impressed by the professionalism of the installers -- who, for example, used drop cloths, wore boot covers, and cleaned up every day. A couple of weeks later, he needed to have the thermostat simplified -- they sent a very smart and understanding tech who did it at no charge.

Curt G.; 1/17/21


Highly recommend Residential Heating and AC in Campbell. Ask for the CEO Cathy Haire.

Karen on Blewett; 1/17/21


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Iron Work; Welders


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Junk Hauling

George Sabalsa

408.838.5890 (cell/text)

My GO TO guy. He has done numerous hauling jobs for us, and there's no one who compares to his service. He's always prompt, does an amazing job of cleaning everything up, his prices are more than fair, and he's a really nice guy!

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 3/1/21

Got Junk


Using Got Junk last year was very efficient and worth the money. I think that they recycle some of what they collect.

Carol on Gaton Dr; 9/22/22


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Kitchen Remodeling & Supplies

(see also Carpenter / Cabinets)

Grill Repair
Sparkle Grill Cleaning


They take the grill apart and clean each individual piece and put it back together. It's not cheap though. I think it was $450 at the time but $500 now. They have access to any parts you may need. If you have a little problem with the igniters or something (like I did) they can tweak it without having to buy new. I also had them clean my stove racks.

Damon on Mulberry; 4/9/23

Granite Counters Cleaning and Polishing
Jillian and Arturo, Detail Pros

(408) 638-9776

I’ve got a fantastic husband and wife team that is excellent at restoring and sealing granite and marble.  Their prices are very fair and will do an excellent job. They are also great with other detail work, such as carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Karen on Blewett; 2/24/21

Mr. Peabody's The Carpet Care

(408) 254-1949, www.mrpeabodys.com

Mr. Peabody's Carpet and Stone is also excellent.

Carol on Curtis; 2/25/21


I echo that recommendation for Mr Peabody's. They have been our Go-To guys for over a decade. You won't get a "cheap job", but you will get the best! And, if you use them for carpet cleaning, they don't leave that wet residue that is so annoying.

Sue on Minnesota; 2/26/21

Induction Cooktops

Love em! They heat up much faster than gas and shut off immediately. We’ve had ours for about 10 years and it took a little while to get use to how quickly the stove responded. You have to prep everything first and then start cooking, otherwise you’ll burn the first item while chopping the next. I bought ours for easy cleanup and it is just a quick wipe and looks like new after 10 years. Ours is a KitchenAid.

Nell A.; 12/13/19


I love my induction cooktop. It is a GE brand and is the top of a push-in stove. I did have a small issue just after the first year, but GE came and repaired it for free. I did not buy the extended warranty. I think it is better than a gas cooktop, as the top is easy to clean, the burners are very efficient, and water boils in half the time of any cooktop I've ever had. It still looks new, works great, and if I ever need to replace it, I will get another one. 

Brooke in Dry Creek Village; 12/13/19


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Baker Lock and Key Service

2951 Union Ave., (408) 377-9210

George [at Baker’s Lock & Key] even fixed a door problem that turned out to have nothing to do with the lock. 10/10.

Barbara M.; 3/5/23


Call John @ Baker's Lock & Key Service (located on Union Ave). He really knows what he's doing, has been a locksmith for a very long time, is prompt, and his prices are reasonable.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/31/22

First Bay Locksmith

(408) 571-9053, http://firstbaylocksmith.com/

Chen Even is your guy. First Bay is his own business. He does great work, is reliable, and fairly priced.

Sara on Michigan Ave.; 7/26/22

Orchard City Lock

2254 S Bascom Ave., (408) 879-9840, http://orchardcitylock.com/

I [recommend] Orchard City Lock.

Bob on Bird Eve.; 7/26/22

The San Jose Locksmith


Just used a terrific locksmith this morning. He was prompt, honest & extremely capable. Highly recommend!

Teri K.; 2/12/24


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Jerry Wood

(408) 373-5420

We used Jerry Wood Moving about 10 years ago to move out and then back into our house during a remodel. They were awesome and very reasonably priced. If we were to move again they would be the first I would call.

Jeff on Brooks; 4/19/21


Highly recommend Todd with Jerry Wood Moving.  Perfect for local moves.  

Karen on Blewett; 5/6/22

Scott McElfresh

408-83901922, smcelfresh@chipmanrelo.com

Scott McElfresh is great.

Barbara S.; 4/19/21


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Painters / Painting / Wallpaper

Wynn Barnes

408 658 4078, wynnpaints2@yahoo.com; Painting Contractors lic# 1001421

I met with Wynn last week to do a yard walk around [to stain my fences], and he scheduled me for this week and finished it in days as planned. Could not be happier this is done knowing this quality fence has received the not as common extra care of staining. Wynn is a friendly guy, 30+ years painting experience, licensed - bonded contractor.

Greg on Kobara Lane; 11/17/21


I've also worked with Wynn several times. He's painted my house, deck, and even offered to paint my old faded mailbox! I really appreciate wynn's 'can do' attitude!

Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 11/17/21


[Wynn Barnes recommended by]

Damon on Mulberry; 5/2/23

Ryan Hanson Painting, Lic #826068

(408) 499-0801, rhanson2525@yahoo.com

We have used Ryan Hanson for our inside painting on three houses now. He is prompt and does a very good job. I also like that he keeps the work area very clean and is careful of the carpets and furniture. He is especially patient while you decide on…colors.... I am planning on calling him again soon.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/12/21, 11/1/21, 6/10/22, 8/22/23

Jose and Lou Saavedra, Pride Painting

408-655-0112, (408) 314-0178; loupridepainting@yahoo.com

I just had a great experience with Pride Painting. They did an excellent job. They patched stucco, painted the house, the wrought iron trim, and sealed the redwood fence for a very reasonable price. They were responsive and tidy and wonderful to work with.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/12/21


2nd the recommendation of Pride Painting. They’ve done several painting and updating projects for us.

Carol L.; 6/22/21

Paul Choi, Choice Painting

choice1paint@gmail.com, 408-292-9797, 408-636-6868

Our whole house exterior was painted recently by Choice Painting Co. We're pleased with the job process and outcome. Good communication with owner and his experienced painters who did the four-day job. Good prep -- power wash, filled cracks & dings including on a damaged garage door, protected non-painted surfaces well. Moved lots of stuff away from house walls and put it all back again afterwards.

Margaret G.; 11/21/21

Gustavo Ruiz


I've used Gustavo Ruiz for several client interior paint jobs recently. He is excellent, reasonably priced, and extremely reliable.   Highly recommend!

Karen on Blewett; 3/12/21

Paul Walton

408-608-5174, pwalton@comcast.net

He has done all kinds of painting, deck repair, refinishing and staining for our house on Ramona

Always does a great job, cleans up and is on time.

Leslie L.; 2/24/21

James Kim, Style Painting


I can highly recommend James Kim of Style Painting. James is a perfectionist & does beautiful work.

Barbara on Husted; 5/26/22

Nick, N-Style


N-Style did a wonderful job painting our entire interior. I saw their sign on another home in the neighborhood and contacted them. Nick is the owner.

Susan G.; 6/9/22

Miguel Cortez


Miguel Cortez at 408-930-2058 did a great job for us.  He also sprayed a friend's cabinets and did a super job.  And, he is a really nice guy, highly recommend.

Greg on Camino Pablo; 6/10/22

Guarantee Painting


My husband works for a Benjamin Moore store and these professionals are amazing! These are the best!

Lynn M.; 9/26/22



he is amazing. He helped me choose my cabinet color and I was very happy with [it].  He made suggestions on what he could do to give me more storage space and tweak a few things to make my life easier. He is fast and efficient and … made sure the kitchen and porch were clear before he left and everything was back in its place. 

Elaine N.; 10/14/23

Sergio Correia


I've used Sergio . . .several times for interior painting in the last year and he's been great and reasonable from a pricing perspective. We used him to fix holes / cracks in our lathe and paster and paint the interior of our old spanish revival duplex . . . and paint a bathroom . . . recently.

Lisa on Lupton; 4/4/24

Wynn Barnes

408 658 4078

A Willow Glen Painting Contractor serving all of SJ and beyond.  Contact for all painting needs.


Wynn on Altamont: wynnpaints2@yahoo.com; 3/5/22

Painters (Murals)
Scott Willis


Scott does wonderful work, and he’s a terrific guy.

Barbara M.; 1/7/24

Wallpaper Installation
Mr Young Lee

(408) 781-1162

Excellent. Excellent painter too

Lynn on Clintonia; 9/26/22

Wallpaper Removal
Randy at Coast Installation, Wallpaper Installer

831-566-0048 (voice, text, mobile), coastinstallation@outlook.com

Sherri near Foxworthy & Meridian; 3/18/23


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Plasterer / Drywall / Masonry / Sheet Rock / Stucco / Brickwork

Paul (or Junior), Narco Plastering, Inc.

(408) 293-2060

I used this company to put stucco on my 1927 home. They did a great job. I highly recommend.

Gail on California; 3/16/21

Stetson Drywall

(408) 448-9585

Sherri I.; 2/5/23

Chris Justi


Chris Justi has been my drywall guy for 20 years, most recently last week. He did a great job in patching up and beautifying all of the Willow Glen earth-shifting cracks... I highly recommend him …[When I text him] he’s responded quickly.

Gail on Prevost; 9/20/23

Raul Espinoza

(408) 210-4169

Good guy [for drywall].

Rebecca on Newport; 10/29/23

Chris Justi Drywall *self-recommend*

chrisjusti@gmail.com, 408.209.3787

My name is Chris Justi and I'm a drywall contractor. I work by myself so I take smallish jobs …. give me a text back at the phone number [above] and we can set up an appointment for me to come by and take a look at it and tell you what I think.

Chris on Clintonia; chrisjusti@gmail.com; 3/5/22

Stone Mason
Jose Ramirez

408.394.7474 (text is best), Ranirezjp1961@gmail.com

I can’t speak highly enough about a brick mason I’ve just had repair my outdoor fireplace. He does brick work, concrete, slate, stone, veneer, pavers, stamped concrete, block, retaining walls.

Carol on Glenwood Ave; 2/10/22

Stucco Repair
Sheets Enterprises

44 Sutter St., (408) 292-1132

When I had windows replaced, I used Sheets Enterprises-great job on custom windows. There was a wall of stucco that had been previously repaired incorrectly and it bothered Dave so he had it repaired correctly. Wow what a difference- but not sure if they do stucco repair without other work.

Lisa on Plaza; 3/10/23


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Plumbers, Plumbing / Sewer Blockage

Robert Moomau

1177 Branham Lane #152, SJ; 408-396-3837 www.robertmoomauplumbing.com

[Moomau] was beyond fabulous in every single way possible…I wouldn't hesitate for a second to use his services again or recommend him to anyone.  He was beyond outstanding and I wanted to share this story with you in case you are ever in need of a reliable plumber who knows what they are doing.

Barb M.; 5/26/21


I love Moomau too -- they've done big & little jobs for me, always excellent results.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/19/23, 4/24/24

Jaime, Fantastic Rooter

(408) 837-4343; (408) 357-2198, https://www.fantasticrooter.com/

I called Fantastic Rooter Plumbing and a person answered right away (on a Thursday evening) and said she would check to see if Brian, one of their service people, could come out.... Brian showed up within 45 minutes and got right to work…By 8:30 it was all taken care of and everyone was happy.

Ann on Spencer Ave.; 7/22/22


Our go to plumber is Fantastic Rooter for every plumbing issue. We have been using them for 10 years. Perhaps a bit more expensive than others but they know their stuff and always have a permanent solution rather than a band aid fix.

Anu B.; 7/22/22

CMS Plumbing

(408) 669-4222, cmsplumbers.com

I always call CMS Plumbing. Customer Service, prices, and quality work is always on point.

Cyn on McBain Ave.; 4/27/23


Their estimator [at CMS] came quickly, troubleshot and solved the immediate problem at no charge. He then arranged for a plumber to come and solve the problem permanently. [I had them back for two other issues] The plumbers on both visits were excellent -- and economical. Explained things clearly. Wore shoe covers when in the house -- and left no mess... Especially liked that no attempt was made to sell my elderly, disabled friend any other work.

Curt G.; 4/25/24

J. McCabe Plumbing


[to fix a leaky toilet…]

Damon on Mulberry; 5/9/23

San Jose Drain and Main  

(408) 854-2863

I used Giovanni at San Jose Drain and Main to replace my disposer and kitchen faucet in March. He was on time, extremely smart and didn't leave a mess. I'd give him a call or text and see what his schedule looks like. Mine wasn't an emergency so it took us about a week to nail down a time that worked for both of us.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 5/9/23

Dominick's Plumbing

408 205 6021

I just had Dominick of Dominick's Plumbing work on my plumbing.  He managed to keep the water on for me!  I would recommend him highly.  He is neat and tidy and considerate and prompt.  Worked for Moonmau.

Vicki on Shepherd; 8/22/23

Kerry Harris, Affordable Plumbing


He is a licensed, master plumber and is great at troubleshooting and explaining the issue(s). I’ve always found his prices reasonable … Kerry is definitely …. His son is working with him and learning the trade from his dad - great team work.

Mary on Iris Ct.; 9/8/23

Robert Bredsteen

408-963-1469, CaliberHM@gmail.com

I’d like to highly recommend Robert Bredsteen for the WG back fence e-list. Robert is licensed, personable and professional. He is also reasonably priced, on time and willing to explain his work process so the client fully understands the scope of work.

Julia on Husted; 10/5/23

Phil, Barnett Plumbing & Water Heaters

833-242-6656, www.barnettplumbing.com

We recently had a new 80 gal heat pump water heater installed by this company.  (Our old one was failing so the timing was particularly good for us.)  They were great to work with and we’re now an all electric home. :-)

Vern on Laurie Ave; 4/23/24

Mike Council Plumbing

408-916-1226, https://mcplumbing.com 

I recommend Mike Council Plumbing. They are knowledgeable, fast, efficient and professional.

Bob on Race + Fruitdale (formerly on Bird); 4/24/24



I really like the Delta kitchen faucet I got from CostCo. ~$200. Great spray, easy to use.

Larry on Willow; 10/14/23

CMS Plumbing

408-669-4222, www.cmsplumbers.com

Highly recommend.

Anand on Curtner; 7/26/23

Water Flow Sensor

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Pressure Washers

Always Under Pressure 

(408) 998-3051  

Dave is the owner of Always Under Pressure...they are great.  Take a look.

Nanci V.; 2/3/21


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Roofing & Gutters

Lindy Roofing Co. Inc.

476 W. Taylor Street. San Jose, CA 95110; Tel: (408) 286-9990 http://www.lindyroofing.com

I too am quite happy with my new Lindy roof!  In only two days, they removed the old roof, repaired the rot and damage, installed additional vents and valleys, roofed, and cleaned up.  It looks great, and now it doesn't leak!

We used Corning/Duration-Premium fiberglass shingles (Color: Driftwood) to replace the wood shakes on the rental, and it nicely matches the neighboring houses.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/22

Bill Hamilton Roofing

408-379-1303, 230 Harrison Avenue, Campbell

They are professional, and provide the best customer service I've experienced in a very long time. They meet commitments, answer all questions and go way beyond. You will not be disappointed. Also, they have been in the roofing business, in Campbell for many years - I believe about 25 years. They put a new roof on my house 3 years ago.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 3/29/23


Here's a third recommendation for Hamilton Roofing and Steve Ash.  [We] are long-time Realtors, so we have used Hamilton many, many times with our clients, not just once or twice like a typical homeowner would.

Susan on Gerald; 3/29/23

Eastman Roofing

(408) 971-9000

I also recommend Eastman Roofing.  I have used them for many years, as well.  

Susan on Gerald; 3/29/23

Los Gatos Roofing

(408) 298-9399, https://www.losgatosroofing.com/

Los Gatos Roofing did the roof and both companies worked extremely well together [Los Gatos Roofing and POCO Solar]. The job was completed faster than I could have hoped for.

Kathie on Pine; 4/2/24

Gutter Cleaning
Lamar Hanson


Great results! He works alone, charges $200 for 20 windows, both inside and outside, with extra windows $6 and screens $2 each. I had him do two skylights, $14 each, which required him to go up on the roof, with no problems. He also does gutters.

Allan on California Ave.; 7/8/23

Gerardo Tzul, Clear View Windows

408 449-7174, clearviewsoclean@gmail.com

[He] washed our windows… today. … He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23

Gutter Repair
Four Seasons Roofing


I have used Four Seasons Roofing 408-295-7767 and been very happy.

Bob on Bird; 12/27/21

Alex Gutter and Roof

669-454-8838, http://www.alexgutterservice.com

We just used Alex Gutter and Roof. Saw their truck as they were installing for our neighbor's house a few doors down. Very responsive and quick, even completed our install during a light rain event in October.

Elaine on Hervey; 12/27/21

Rosetta’s Roofing


We replaced the roof about 2 years ago. With the recent weather, a part of the gutter became loose. Rosetta’s had the gutter repaired within a day of my call. Excellent service. Thank you Rosetta’s!

Martha on Cambrian Park; 1/18/23

Miguel Castillo

(408) 729-3436, MCRoofing@mcroof1.com, http://mcroof1.com/

We recently had MC Roofing clean our gutters and repair a couple of downspouts. They'd previously repaired a leak in our roof. I really like Miguel and his crew, and they do excellent work.

Kate on Norval; 3/5/23


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Rug and Carpet Cleaning

Larry Ruzzo, San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners

(408) 334-9411; (408)449-0518, www.sanjosedrycarpetcleaners.com

I have used Larry Ruzzo, San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners, for many years and just again this week. He still does excellent work. I highly recommend him for dry carpet cleaning.  

Shelly on Weaver; 8/8/22

John Vinson, Home Maintenance Systems


Carpet Cleaner Home Maintenance Systems is the best! I have used him for years, all my neighbors in Willow Glen have used him as well as my clients.  All have been very happy with the results. He can also stretch carpets!

Barbara on Hawkhurst Pl; 2/3/21, 8/30/21

Mark McDaniels, Action Brothers

(408) 779-9076

I’ve used Mark McDaniels with Action Brothers for 30+ years [for cleaning carpets]. It is a wet process but no strong chemicals or smells left behind. Just needs time to dry.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 2/3/21

Bret Furtado, Sapphire Steamer

https://www.sapphiresteamer.com/, 408-705-3315, service@sapphiresteamer.com

I recommend Bret Furtado who's right here local on Franquette.

Anand on Curtner; 2/4/21, 5/27/21


Bret is very professional, is Covid safe, his rates are incredibly reasonable and he does a beautiful job. He cleaned the area rugs outside on my driveway, and cleaned outdoor furniture cushions and they look like new. He also cleans tile and grout, upholstery and furniture as well as leather.

Ellen I.; 2/8/21

Detail Pros Plus

(408) 638-9776, http://www.DetailProPlus.com/

I highly recommend the Details Pros, a husband-and-wife team. They are honest, expert in all kinds of stains, hardworking, prompt and fair with their pricing. Highly recommend. I have used them many times for my clients and for my own home.

Karen on Blewett; 5/26/21


We did not use them for carpets: we use them for hard surfaces and they were amazing!! A number of my friends have used them for carpets and give them the highest reviews

Vivian on Glenn; 8/29/21


I've used Detail Pros…They did a fabulous job, and were reasonably priced, and super respectful of my property. I highly recommend them!

Robin on Hazelwood; 8/29/21


As per many recommendations on this list, I have Jillian and Arturo [at Detail Pro Plus]

cleaning my bathroom tile floors and a 20 year old carpet runner.  The white grout is now actually white!  And the carpet looks nearly new.  I highly recommend if you are looking for detailed, deep cleaning.

Margaret on Palm Haven; 11/11/21


[Detail Pro Plus does] a wonderful job with carpets and other items as well. I thought I was going to have to replace some carpeting that was buckled and Arturo re-stretched it, cleaned it and it looks great. They have also done amazing work on area rugs for me. In addition to their great work, their customer service is impeccable!

Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 3/5/23, 4/15/24


I recently hired Detail Pro Plus carpet cleaning for a large area rug and upholstered furniture cleaning. A local family that takes great pride in their work. They picked up and dropped off the rug. Very service oriented and thorough. Very happy with the work and the customer service. 

Karlie on Glenwood Ave; 6/3/23, 4/15/24

Scooters Carpet Cleaners

(408) 398-6730

They … are very conscious about not using harmful products. They are so well prepared and after they completed the job, they brought in many blowers to help dry the rugs faster. Used to take 3 days to dry. Plus they were very moderate in their price. Definitely will use them again.

Carol on Mazzaglia;  5/27/22


1-800-367-2648, www.coit.com

I always use Coit and have had good service from them.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/5/23

Deluxe Dye Works

1488 N. 4th St., 408-453-1054, http://www.deluxedyeworks.com/

Great work, nice people, fair prices.

Barbara M.; 3/5/23


I second DeLuxe Dye Works.  I've used them for years.

Susan on Gerald; 3/5/23


Deluxe Dye Works is excellent. They pick up. 
Carol on Kiner; 6/3/23


Deluxe Dye Works did an amazing job on cleaning & repairing two very rugs. They clearly communicated pricing & no surprises. 

Sueling C.; 6/3/23


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Security Systems

Sentry Alarm Systems

Monterey, (800) 424-7773

We are using Sentry Alarm Systems. They have been very helpful when our aging system has had hiccups. I don’t know if they service GE systems, but it is worth a try.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/1/21


Door-to-Door Security system sales– Scam!

...sales reps are working the area to install "free" security systems and upgrades to existing systems. They want to install systems same day. They prey on the elderly and disabled, and their reps lie about their contracts, making it difficult to cancel their services.

Wendy on Pine; June 1, 2010


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Solar Panels and Solar Energy

Clean Solar

(888) 551-7652, https://www.cleansolar.com/

For what it is worth we just got solar panels without a battery from Clean Solar (they are local and amazing.) and it was around 15,000 after rebates. So maybe prices have gone down? 

Dina S.; 3/5/22, 6/23/22


We used CleanSolar— I highly recommend them! Our system is about 7 years old- and we have contacted them about enlarging it when we eventually get an electric or plug in hybrid— Tell them I sent you. Very professional and they really walk you thru all the details!! 

Teri K.; 6/24/22


[We] highly recommend them! They're a nonprofit and… up to a third cheaper than profit companies. …they had 1-2 staff people who guided 3-4 volunteers…Their staff did all the electrical work which was inspected by the city and passed first time. They even sent me a check afterwards which was a surprise… because the price of the panels had dropped between the time of the quote and installation. [They] target low-energy homeowners w/ electrical bills of no more than $100/mo.--they exclude the gas part of your PGE bill… our 11 panels installed in 2016 came to $9300 before rebates. That zeroed out our electrical bill until we got our EV.  Now that we've added more panels we should be again be back to zero.

Vernon on Laurie; 3/7/22

POCO Solar Energy, Inc


I had my 33 old panels removed and reinstalled by POCO Solar Energy, Inc in late 2022. They also added 6 new panels. They were great to work with and everything worked perfectly. I highly recommend them. 

Kathie on Pine; 4/2/24

Solar Panel Cleaning
Nick, Highlight Solar

(408) 603-1333, (866) 926-9997, https://www.highlightsolar.com/

Nick from Highlight Solar cleans them and also installed the mesh to keep birds from nesting under them.

Lisa R.; 7/27/22

Solar Power – Repairs
Earth Electric

(408) 609-0888, https://www.earth-electric.com/

When I had a botched solar install from another local company, I called around to so many other solar companies and none of them wanted to touch an existing install. They charged a fair price and gave me absolutely fantastic customer service. Our neighbors used them too.

Dominic on Britton; 11/2/22


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Termite & Pest Control / Exterminators

Carlos, Rapid Rodent Removal


I had something similar.  It used to sound like a few critters playing a game of tag in my walls! Carlos was fast, used non-toxic materials, sealed/wired shut every opening into the house and had great customer service.  Highly recommend. 

Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 12/2/21

First Choice Termite


They are a father-son company that I have used for 20-25 years in my real estate business. They are very thorough and very honest. I have seen them on numerous occasions explain to homeowners that this damage or that does not need to be repaired and why. They are happy to do the repairs, but will let you know if they don't think it's urgent or necessary. They do not rip people off or make up things that "need" to be done.

Susan on Gerald Way; 11/6/23, 3/27/24

Killroy Pest Control

1175 Dell Ave, Campbell, 408-378-0441, (888) 669-3460, killroy.com

I have a great referral here. They are “on project” right now. They are very professional and thorough. I thought that their pricing was very reasonable considering the amount of work involved. It’s quite a process! They did great work [at my duplex] in 2014 and again now [at my house].

Suzanne on Cristina; 1/30/21


I second Kilroy. I’ve worked with them on some large projects and they did a great job.

Bob on Bird; 1/30/21


Killroy of Campbell did good work for us. First Choice folks seemed good too, found the same stuff on inspection, similar price. Killroy was a little clearer on the prep. Ours was complicated because one building was zero lot line, requiring work on neighbor’s property.

Barbara M.; 8/31/21


I had [Kilroy] out last year to treat my house for ants. I had tried several methods to get rid of the summer hoard looking for water with no success. I chose the one-time service for $200 rather than a regular subscription. They got rid of the ants and they have not returned this year either.

Tina on Monte Vista; 7/3/22, 12/22/22

SOS Rodent Control

3561 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, (415) 539-0157

SOS pest control did a very good job on trapping and then analyzing and blocking up any entry ways into the house and garage.

Tina on Hillsdale; 7/8/21

RPM Exterminators (Rude Pest Management)


Excellent rat exterminator helped me eliminate the places rats were entering my house and eliminate the ones that had gotten in.  They were recommended by a realtor friend and what a great recommendation.

Susan on Gerald; 7/8/21, 2/15/22, 5/8/22, 1/11/23, 10/3/23, 2/16/24


We just had an uninvited visitor in our house, a rat!, and called RPM Pest Control based on  recommendations from the Elist. They are very nice and were out within a couple of days.  Inspected, covered some entry points and set traps. They’ll be back this week to check the traps.  and I have no more rat problem. They were awesome - I highly recommend.

Susan on Parkside; 5/7/22, 11/4/23, 12/14/23


A BIG THANKS to RPM Exterminators, as they came out to one of our rentals and diagnosed the problem, fixed it and couldn’t be happier with their SUPERIOR customer service.  I got the company info from an earlier eList posting and wanted to thank that person too.

Dan on Greencreek; 7/19/23


We used RPM to help us with [creatures in the attic]. Mike at RPM was great.  I highly recommend them.

Regan on Jansen; 10/3/23

Bay Area Rodent Solutions

645 E McGlincy Ln Suite A, Campbell, (877) 301-7826, https://bayarearodentsolutions.com/ 

We used Bay Area Rodent Solutions 7 years ago. No complaints, other than the service seemed a little expensive at the time. They were competent and they found and corrected all the ingress points. We have had no rodent issues since then.

Brian & Jane formerly on California; 12/2/21

Colin, Western Exterminators

(408) 478-6091, https://www.westernexterminator.com/san-jose/

We like Western Exterminators; Colin is our service technician, very friendly and always gives us a heads up before he comes out to spray.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/21/22

Server’s Pest Control

140 Kennedy Ave, Campbell,  (408) 374-0571

I’ve used Server’s Pest Control in Campbell. They also spray fruit and nut trees to prevent fungus.

Patty on Broadway; 4/21/22 

Thrasher Termite


Thrasher Termite has treated my house for ants.

Susan on Gerald Way; 6/19/22

Mighty Mite


For termites we have had really good luck with Mighty Mite. We bought the insurance and they will come back and check once a year. I don’t remember how many years it was for. Nice people and don’t leave a mess.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/30/23

Mrs. Greenlawn

(408) 374-3344

For Moles we have had good luck with Mrs. Greenlawn. They come back [and check], also.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/30/23

Bay Pest Solutions

(855) 522-9737, service@baypestsolution.com

Dan, was not only knowledgeable and thorough in his work (removing spider webs/cobwebs a big plus!), but also a most pleasant fellow to work with. Bay Pest Solutions has made us believers once again in excellent customer service. If problems or concerns should arise, a phone call will produce a quick response and solution.

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 4/15/24


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Tile Repair & Installation


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Upholstery & Fabrics

Detail Pro Plus Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

(408) 638-9776, https://www.detailproplus.com/

I just had Detail Pros, Jillian & Arturo, clean several upholstered chairs.  They were fantastic - very thorough and hard working.  I would certainly recommend them.  They also do Stone Care, Hard Surface Cleaning, Carpet Repair, and Tile and Grout Cleaning. 

Carol on Kiner; 7/7/21

Fabric Stores
The Granary Quilt Shop

1326 & 1328 S. Mary, Sunnyvale

Gail on California; 11/1/22

Eddie’s Quilting Bee

480 Mathilda, Sunnyvale

Gail on California; 11/1/22

Furniture Repair
Andrew Church

(831) 818-8051

Andrew Church in Santa Cruz on Swift just off Mission/Hwy 1. I have used him myself and he’s great! He does all kinds of furniture repair. He’s been in business for over 25 years and comes highly recommended by many in this industry.
Sherri near Meridian and Foxworthy; 4/28/22


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Water Heater Repair

[see also: Plumbers]

ABCO Plumbing

(408) 266-8912

I proactively replaced my 20 year old 75 gallon water heater with a 50 gallon and solicited several quotes from local plumbers. Given that it was a fairly challenging basement installation with some incorrect plumbing dating back to when it was first installed, I expected it to be expensive but was astounded at the range of prices quoted, from a high of $3500 to a low of $1650.  I used ABCO Plumbing in Campbell and they did a great job. They corrected the faulty plumbing, removed the old water heater and installed the new in about 5 hours. I recommend them.

Allan on California Ave.; 1/22/21


(408) 306-2451

Ray is an expert in tankless hot water heaters. He was recommended via Moomau. Ray is honest and very knowledgeable.

Karen on Blewett; 2/14/21

Jason, Water Quality Plumbing

(408) 267-9330, https://waterqualityplumbing.com/

We just got a 50 gallon Bradford White from Water Quality. It has some kind of recirculate feature that is supposed to keep calcium buildup to a minimum. We’ve had it a month and have always had hot water right away. Price including remove, replace, re-strap, update to code was approximately $2000-2100. We’ve been thrilled to have reliable hot water.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 11/28/21

Plumbtree Plumbing

(408)809-0863, https://plumbtreeplumbing.com

This week I had Plumbtree Plumbing replace my 20-year-old water heater which stopped working and started leaking, and fix some gas pipes. Very professional, conscientious and thorough. Not the cheapest, but excellent work. I highly recommend.

Rebecca on Newport’ 1/13/22

Water Heaters Only

(408) 279-8899, https://waterheaters-sanjose.com/

We used Water Heaters Only to replace a water heater a couple of years ago and were very pleased with service and quality of work. Clean, neat, efficient and reasonable price. I can wholeheartedly recommend … Water Heaters Only… for water heater replacements.

Brian formerly on California; 2/20/22

AAA Furnace

(408) 293-4717, https://aaa-furnace.com/

[When one of my water heaters started leaking, the plumber] noted it was probably still under warranty and recommended I contact the manufacturer... I had to go with the manufacturer's authorized dealer, which turned out to be AAA Furnace! They did a fantastic job. He did a great job, and … was neat and efficient. I can wholeheartedly recommend … AAA Furnace for water heater replacements.

Brian formerly on California; 2/20/22


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Water Softeners, Water Conditioners, and Filters

Rayne Water Conditioning

2941 Daylight Way, 408-754-9200

I had Rayne for ages and was totally happy. They are responsible for the upkeep. Rayne is in Willow Glen. I would use them again and forget "owning" a soft water unit.

Gail on California; 5/4/21

Success Water Systems

380 Carrol Ct, Brentwood, (800) 287-8798


Gail on California; 5/4/21

Serv - All

1716 Stone Ave.  Unit E, 408-266-0707, 408-267-9330

We have had our under-sink RO system for many years and its worked beautifully.  Is was installed by Serv-All and we have them do any service or cartridge upkeep we need.  They are very knowledgeable and do a nice job and are careful of the cabinets.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/10/22, 7/9/22

Almaden Valley Plumbing

408 268-6923

Randazzo has been sold to Almaden Valley Plumbing. We recently used Almaden Valley Plumbing to service our water softener and installed a new water heater.  They were Great!  I would highly recommend them!

Mary on Pine; 11/13/23

Bottled Water
Water Spring

2644 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, (408) 296-8918, http://waterspring.com/

My go to store is “Water Spring” across from the Santa Clara Library. I have only purchased distilled from them on rare occasions, but I do know they have that option. I regularly go there for my drinking water refills. They are great people, safe and load up bottles in your car.

Kathi on Cherry; 1/29/22


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Advanced Welding

1088 Independence Ave., Mountain View, (650) 967-5583, advweld@comcast.net, https://www.advancedwelding.info/

Very high quality welding shop - it's hard to believe it's actually a welding shop when you walk in. Very clean, organized, and they are capable of welding anything you might bring to them, including stainless. Highly recommended.

Brian formerly on California; 7/13/22


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(also see Curtains & Blinds; also see Glass)

Sheets Enterprises

(408) 292-1132

I have used Dave Sheets to make windows and frames.  

Lisa on Plaza; 5/25/22

The Screen Shop

601 Hamline St., (408) 295-7384

Last week we had [a] window replaced -- a big one in three sections. …window is sturdy, smooth-sliding, energy efficient. Work was done carefully, on schedule; John even did a couple small wear & tear repairs on the older windows at the same time. Happy to recommend this experienced, family-owned company.

Margaret on Constitution Drive; 8/15/23

Window Replacement
Anderson Windows

696 Auzerais Ave., (408) 295-3200, https://www.anderson-installation.com/

Years ago we hired Anderson Windows to replace several windows using Renewal by Andersen windows. They did an excellent job with no damage to the brick fascia. 

Tina on Monte Vista; 1/16/23


John Scalmanini at Anderson is the best! My neighbors & I have used him numerous times over the years and everyone is very happy!

Barbara on Hawkhurst; 1/17/23

Window Repair / Replacement (Sash Windows)
Integrity Doors and Windows


We had a good experience with [them]

Amish on Husted Ave; 12/14/22


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Window Washers / Blind Cleaner / Window Cleaners

Sparking Clean Service; Peter Reeves

408.497.3758; peter.reeves@comcast.net

After several emails [to Sparkling Clean] …and with a tentative bid, a crew of 4 fellows arrived on time, were pleasant, respectful of us and our property, and after 2.5 hours, left us with sparkling clean windows, sills, screens, tracks and casings. The final bill was a bit higher than the proposed bid, but well worth the extra $$. Two thumbs up!!

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 6/25/22


Give these guys [at Sparkling Clean] a call. They have "Rave Reviews" in the neighborhood!

Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 4/19/21


I have used Peter Reeves at Sparkling Clean Window Washing since at least 2017 and he's charged me the same every year (including this year).  His crew does a great job! 

Brooke on Dry Creek Village; 5/27/22


… a crew of 4 fellows [from Sparkling] arrived on time, were pleasant, respectful of us and our property, and after 2.5 hours, left us with sparkling clean windows, sills, screens, tracks and casings. The final bill was a bit higher than the proposed bid, but well worth the extra $$. Two thumbs up!!

Rita on Mercer Ave.; 6/25/22


[Peter Reeves recommended by]

Damon on Mulberry; 4/29/24

Javier, Spectacular Windows


I just had Javier/Spectacular Windows clean my windows. He was efficient and thorough. My windows shine! I am hooked and highly recommend him!

Joyce on Padres; 5/17/21

Gabe Santa Cruz


Yes! Gabe Santa Cruz is still washing windows and I also recommend. It’s just him so you may have to leave a message and he will call you back.

Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/7/21

Gerardo Tzul, Clear View Windows

(408) 449-7174, clearviewsoclean@gmail.com

He did a super job as he was friendly, very courteous, reliable, thorough, hard-working, and reasonably priced. In short, I strongly recommend him. He also does Christmas lights (not yet, please) and power washing.

Greg on Camino Pablo; 8/24/21


Geraldo and his crew are outstanding. They are punctual, conscientious and thorough. I highly recommend him.

Carol C.; 5/3/23


We've had Clear View our home and couldn't be happier with the results. After receiving several LARGE increases from our previous company this was a refreshing change working with someone that didn't charge an arm and a leg.
Dan on Greencreek; 6/20/23


[Mr. Tzul] washed our windows, screens, and skylights, and replaced the screens on our screen doors, today. He also cleaned the window tracks. He did an excellent job with everything. I would recommend him highly. He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23

Javier Huerta, Spectacular Windows

408.323.1916, www.spectacularwindows.com

Highly recommend Javier Huerta, Spectacular Window Cleaning for window, gutter and solar panel cleaning. He does an excellent job and is very professional and trustworthy. So with all of the spring cleaning items on your to-do list, give Javier a call.

Ellen on Cherry; 4/17/21


I highly recommend Javier of Spectacular Windows as well. He has cleaned my windows and screens multiple times and always does a thorough job for a fair price.

Holly on Jonathan; 4/22/21

Hella Clean Windows y Mas


Hella Clean Windows y Mas did a great job of cleaning my windows and screens. Husband and wife team removed all the screens and cleaned window tracks. Also cleaned son’s windows and multiple sliding doors - he was also impressed.

Pam on Wren; 3/24/22

Daniel Mann, Pane-Less Window Washing

(408) 466-9072.

[He] cleaned all the tracks and the inside frame of each window… did all the outside windows; then did all the inside windows. Then he took off every screen and ran them through a screen washing machine which I had never seen before…he did my skylight inside and out... I have never had my windows as clean as they are now. I will only use him for the future and I felt his price was pretty moderate.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/10/22, 6/8/23


Best job, Nicest person, Least Expensive. Geraldo was the nicest person we’ve had clean our windows.  I’m so happy we got the excellent referral from Backfence

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/20/23

Lamar Hanson

(510) 575-4618

We live in a 3-story townhouse. It's hard to find window washers who will do three stories. Lamar Hanson just finished my windows & screens today. Wow! Excellent, thorough and careful work. Windows are gleaming. His rate for windows is $200 for 20 windows and $6.00 a window after that. Screens are $2.00. He's a one man operation - prompt & careful.
Kim on Alta Glen Drive; 6/26/23


Great results! [Mr. Hanson] works alone, charges $200 for 20 windows, both inside and outside, with extra windows $6 and screens $2 each. I had him do two skylights, $14 each, which required him to go up on the roof, with no problems. He also does gutters.

Allan on California Ave.; 7/8/23

Jose Daniel Cisneros

831-537-7355, Josedaniel8787@icloud.com

My friend is an expert window washer, He does both inside and outside, the space where the screens go and the screens. His charge is $280.00 for all the windows. He speaks fluent English and Spanish and is a very nice young man.

Jonica on Lansford; 7/29/23

Bright View Window Cleaning

(408) 610-8968

They recently did a great job and price was reasonable. 

Melissa on Cherry; 4/29/24


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Landscape / Yard Care

Bees and Bee Removal

Bee Keeping

For Santa Clara County. Friendly people. Wonderful education.

Gail on California; 4/28/22

Honey (Local)
Steve Demkowski, Willow Glen Honey


Willow Glen Honey is the best. Steve. . .is an expert bee keeper and sells his Willow Glen Honey at 3 Sisters shop near the corner of Lincoln and Minnesota. Proceeds are donated to support Happy Hollow Zoo. You won’t be disappointed! I’ve been a fan of Steve’s for a number of years.

Casey C on Minnesota; 4/7/24


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Concrete & Cement; Sidewalks

Ernesto Rodriguez


I recently worked with Ernesto Rodriguez. He was terrific to work with. Great communication & execution. Very fair pricing as well.

Brigette on Glenkirk Court; 11/12/18, 5/8/21

Pacific Concrete

(408) 286-4478; 1494 Cherry Ave

I had a small job- driveway cut out to the street.  He was the only concrete company that called me back.  Great job and good price.

Lisa on Coe; 2/5/21

Antonio Hernandez, New Era Concrete

408 665 2511, 25neweraconcrete@gmail.com

I want to give a shout-out to the company who recently replaced our sidewalks that were tagged by the city. This is a small company…listed on the approved City contractors list. Antonio responded to my request for an estimate quickly and completed the work two weeks after the first contact. His price was very competitive. I'm very happy with the finished work.

Lorraine on Newport Ave.; 2/24/21

Andy, Stehr concrete

408 386-6281

[recommended by]

Debbi on Hazelwood; 3/16/21

Sergio Aguayo


Sergio Aguayo replaced ours and a friend’s. He did a great job. His wife Vivianna is bilingual; he’s dominant Spanish. Nice people too.

Carol L.; 5/7/21

CB Concrete

(408) 354-3484, http://www.cbconcrete.com/

Reasonable and efficient

Damon on Mulberry; 12/1/23


Second the recommendation for CB Concrete. No need to have the City manage the work, which saves a little money.

Curt G.; 12/1/23


Notes on sidewalk repair

Last year, I finally faced up to the fact that my sidewalk was hazardous -- so I called the City and asked for an inspection. The inspector was friendly and took the time to explain things.


You can easily use a ruler to check your sidewalk against the City's safety criteria.  Mine did not meet the entirely-reasonable rules:


(I was inspired to check because I noticed an elderly neighbor with a walker having trouble on her daily walk -- despite being with a caregiver. She wasn't complaining, but the sidewalk was not very neighborly.)


The key info is here on the City website:

- Main page: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=275

- Q-and-A:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/faq.aspx?qid=66


The City's objective is public safety, not appearance -- so they require only a minimum repair: replacing a few squares of concrete -- plus grinding the edges on some other existing squares.


How it works:


There are four alternatives:

1. You let the City hire a contractor and manage the project. These is an additional charge for the project management.

2. You hire a contractor from the City's recommended list.

3. You hire any licensed concrete contractor.

4. Do it yourself (i.e. hire someone who is not a contractor.)   You need to follow these specifications for a safe and long-lasting job that will pass inspection:  http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=3463


With any alternative, either you or the contractor pays for a permit to cover two inspection visits -- after the roots are cut and the forms are in -- and then a final inspection. They leave the final inspection report in your mailbox.



I picked choice #2 -- hired a contractor from the City's recommended list:


- Wanted a contractor fully experienced with the City rules and process.


- Wanted to work directly with the contractor to understand the alternatives. That paid off with CB Concrete, as described earlier.


- Decided to replace more than the minimum number of squares instead of grinding. Grinding would have removed the current safety hazards -- but would not have solved the overall roller-coaster problem caused by the previous street tree. (In my opinion, the exposed aggregate after grinding is ugly and not really as safe -- and won't solve any stray root problems that might linger under the squares that were ground.)


- Wanted to replace the 60-year-old front walk. Given all the hassle of construction and the "fixed cost" to do only the sidewalk -- Bobcat, demolition-and-haul-away crew, forms crew, transit-mix truck, pour, and several stages of finishing -- the incremental cost for the front walk wasn't that high.




- Don't panic on the 60-day requirement -- as long as you engage a contractor promptly and get on their schedule, you can ignore the subsequent computer-generated threatening letters from the City.


- Because contractors combine multiple jobs in each area, there will be a delay before your job starts. They pour multiple jobs in one area over a couple of hours -- in order to use a full transit mix truckload of concrete -- and their concrete finishers come back several times over a couple of days -- rotating several times between nearby jobs as the concrete sets.


- I notified my neighbors -- and blocked the street in front of my house the day before the demolition -- to ensure that no one parked there. <smile>


Watching the work was educational.  Properly-done concrete work is a lot more complex and precise than it looks!

Curt G; 10/12/14


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Cruz Gonzalez 


Cruz Gonzalez built the most beautiful deck for me. This project required removing an old deck, removing a cement patio, among other tasks prior to the new deck build. He did all the work within the time scheduled, always arrived when he said he would and left the work area clean. He has since returned to tighten some screws and to make sure all is well with his work of last summer. He is skilled, honest and so wonderful to work with. He builds decks and fences.

Joyce on Comstock Lane; 4/15/24

Rob Hutchinson, The Deck Pros

no longer in business.


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Garden Maintenance / Gardener / Irrigation & Sprinklers / Lawns / Horticulturist

(see also Landscaping)

Aureliano Rueda

(408) 781-7624

I second the recommendation for Aureliano.  He is our weekly gardener and does a fantastic job.  Very reliable and reasonably priced. He also hires out on Saturday for big jobs. He … just moved all his equipment to electricity power. Good for the environment and quiet in the neighborhood.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/7/22


I got a couple of e-list recommendations for [Mr. Rueda] and he's very good.  He uses battery-powered electric equipment so it is much quieter than gas powered and doesn't put out that awful exhaust. He does not use products that harm your family/pets/the environment.

Susan on Gerald; 7/8/22, 12/15/23

Javier Hernandez

408 483-5926.

Did my flowering plums and fruit trees. Reasonable, efficient and left no waste.

Peter and Kathy; 3/6/22

Rojas Landscaping

(408) 691-6541, brojaslandscaping@gmail.com

Rojas Landscaping does a good job for me. Every other week. $80 a month.

Nancy on Cottle; 4/11/23

Hector Aguirre


We love our guy and his wife. Straightforward mow and blow but will help with other projects if needed. They also do extra things without being asked, like weed control and picking up oranges that drop from our tree. We’ve been using them for almost 20 years. 

Debbie on Guadalupe/Willow Glen Way; 2/8/24

Pascual, Professional Landscaping.


He does regular maintenance and landscape/hardscape jobs. 

Felecia on Curtiss; 2/8/24

Jose Sanchez

(408) 813-6907  

Sanchez landscaping has been doing our property, and in fact most of Blewett Ave, for many years. Highly recommend. 

Karen on Blewett; 2/8/24

aerating and lawn aeration
David, Perfect Green Landscaping


I use Perfect Green Landscaping for aeration. I’m pretty sure that’s all they do. They’ve been doing my yard for years. They aerate and fertilize and it makes a huge difference.

Patty on Broadway Ave; 9/22/21

Plantlush "a botanic boutique"

1324 Lincoln Ave, 408 502-5874, www.plantlush.com

Plantlush has many different sizes and varieties of house plants, and the owner is very knowledgeable about what the different varieties need to keep looking healthy. If you want something to brighten up your own home, or for a gift, check out her selections.

Lorraine on Newport; 2/1/24


I got a few houseplants there back close to the time she opened. Very nice quality.

Tina on Monte Vista; 2/1/24

Lee Del Canto


[Lee Dal Canto also recommended by]

408.266.3333, Cell-408.221.4350

Bernard G.; 3/3/22


Lee upgraded/repaired my outdated drip system.  Efficient, knowledgeable, super pleasant to work with.   

Carol M.; 10/28/22


Lee Dal Canto is very good. He’s repaired several sprinklers for me.

Nancy on Cottle; 4/30/23

Jesse Fernandez 


My Gardener is excellent at Sprinkler repair, replacement and installation. 

Holly on Jonathan; 3/27/24

Central Wholesale Nursery

1670 McKinley Ave., (408) 280-1131

Don’t forget Central Nursery off of Southwest Expressway.  I was there two days ago, and they were looking good.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/29/21

Capitol Wholesale Nursery

2938 Everdale Drive, 408-239-0589

In spite of their name they are also retail. They will also special order - I think they have large selection and great quality.

Tina on Hillsdale; 3/29/21

Yamagami’s Garden Center

1361 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, (408) 252-3347, https://www.yamagamis.com/

Yamagami's Nursery in Saratoga is my go-to place for advice on fruit trees.

Nancy on Cottle; 5/3/21


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Fences & Fencing

Jesus Cuevas


My fencer [Jesus Cuevas] is awesome! Highly recommend! Beyond fencing, he does beautiful gates!

Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 5/7/21

Noble Fencing

1852 Almaden Rd, (408) 448-4904

Dylan was very responsive, prompt with his proposal, very easy to get a hold of, flexible in scheduling and the fence is beautiful.  Also, his pricing was very reasonable.  Workers were on time, left my yard clean and did top notch work.  I highly recommend them for fencing work and would use them again.

Becky on Lennon Way; 7/16/18, 5/31/21

Josh Galvan, Galvan's Fencing


Josh and Galvan Fencing did an excellent job for us as well!  Competitive pricing, and was able to come weeks before the other companies.  The fence is beautiful and was built in one day.

Larry (on Willow); 2/5/23

Bay Area Fence & Deck


We just had our fence replaced by Bay Area Fence & Deck. We worked with Steve Ha. They were responsive, thorough and did a great job. I got three quotes for the work and all three were about the same price so I went with Bay Area because a friend had recommended them.

Regan on Jansen; 2/25/23

Coastal Lumber

99 Pullman Way, (408) 995-0791, www.coastal-lumber.com

Coastal Lumber has built at least 3 fences on our street in the last few years, and in at least our case, had the lowest bid, and we were satisfied with their work. 

Lorraine on Newport; 3/27/23


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Landscaping, Landscape Architects & Garden Design

(see also Garden Maintenance/Lawns/Irrigation)

Norm Ugai, Cal Landscaping (aka Curb Appeal Landscaping)

(408) 629-5073; www.Calandscaping.net

[Cal Landscaping] were great. Took our old grass, overgrown front yard, and driveway and replaced it with native drought tolerant plants and dry creek beds. The driveway, patio, and front porch were completely redone with beautiful pavers, expertly designed and laid. They’re easy to work with, show up every day, and are very responsive. We would work with them again in a heartbeat, and highly recommend them.

DeDe on Simpson; 2/23/21


I second Norm at CAL Landscape! They just finished our landscaping job and were great to work with.  His crew was absolutely wonderful to work with, and were always on time and cleaned up after each day of work. The communication from their first visit to completion was great. I would also use them again in a heartbeat! 

Linda on Lambert; 2/23/21

Jody Stix Garsia

831-464-3652, jodylandscapedesigns.com

She has done landscape design for us for two houses. She listens to your ideas, works collaboratively, brings extensive knowledge and creativity, and translates all of this into wonderful plans. We are very happy with what she did. I would be happy to talk more if that would be helpful….

Laura W.; 1/2/21

Kim Leichner, KL Designs LLC


For our landscaping project, we used [Kim Leichner]. She was great, but I should warn you that she is (or was, pre-COVID) very busy and we had to wait several months for her to have cycles.

Andrew S.; 2/21/21

Raul Rivera


I have used Raul Rivera for brick work (front walkway and patio) and he's actually coming next week to lay some flagstone and put some plants in for me (after tearing the grass out of the strip along the sidewalk and curb).  He does great work and prices are quite reasonable.

Suzanne on Cristina; 4/2/21

Hardscaping & Rocks; Paving
Peter Svansson, President, Discount Paver Pros

171 Main Street, Suite 659, Los Altos, 650-946-8180

I’ve used Discount Paver Pros for two jobs. Three of my neighbors have also used his company.

Lisa on Plaza; 9/20/22

Black Diamond Paver Stones and Landscaping

1975 Hamilton Ave Ste 5, San Jose, CA 95125; (800) 942-1955; BlackDiamondLandscape.com

Family owned and operated since 2004, Black Diamond has an A+ Rating by the BBB [and] thousands of 5-Star Reviews.  Black Diamond’s ultimate goal is to provide you with the highest quality products, service, warranties, and guarantees. We work with “Experts Only” to ensure you receive superior craftsmanship at the best value for your investment.

Black Diamond is committed to 100% client satisfaction, is fully licensed and insured [License # 841042], and offers some of the longest warranties in the industry – including a 27 year warranty on paver installation, 10 year warranty on synthetic lawn or pergolas, and a LIFETIME warranty on paver stones. 

** self-recommendation **

Jeff Blaisdell,  Project Design Specialist, (408)489-2741; jeffb@blackdiamondlandscape.com, 2/1/21

Landscape Lighting
Cross Rhodes Electric

408 337 2210

I highly recommend Cross Rhodes Electric! [Brian] and his team are very talented and creative in the landscape lighting area. Prompt, thorough, clean, and hold great Customer service. They have redone both my front and backyard.

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 7/4/22


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Swimming Pool Service

Robbie Anderson, Golden State Pools


Great reputation for servicing pools in our neighborhood between Meridian and Bascom Ave.

Maria S.; 8/24/22

Benny’s Pool Service 

(408) 204-9363

Benny Nguyen of Benny’s Pool Service has taken care of my pool for more than 30 years. Never missed a cleaning, never a problem. He’s the best.

Nancy on Cottle; 8/25/22, 4/17/23

California Chemical

408-287-7833, 408-279-8055

We've been using California Chemical for years for our pool and the previous owners did too. Prices are very reasonable and Patrick, our technician, is wonderful. I'm happy to recommend his services. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. 

Judi on Kimble; 2/20/23

Spa Maintenance
Pacific Coast Sauna and Spa

2178 El Camino Real, San Mateo, pcsaunaandspa.com, pcspas@comcast.net,


We use Pacific Coat Sauna and Spa in San Mateo. We bought out spa from them years ago and they have been doing drain-and-clean service for sever since. They also can replace Visio Cartridges and filters if needed.  

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/31/23


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Trees; Tree Trimming; Arborist

Aly's Tree

(408) 280-6545

Aly and his crew were able to repair the damage done when PG&E had mangled our camphor trees.  They also did an excellent job of shaping and rejuvenating our sprawling ancient walnut tree.  Quick, with excellent clean-up.  A happy repeat customer!

Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21

Bartlett Tree

882 Camden Ave, Campbell, CA 95008, (408) 358-7888; bartlett.com

Their ISA Certified Arborist, Sean Davis, explains things very well and showed why some work I was considering was unnecessary. They use a bucket truck where possible instead of climbing -- which allows them to do a much more careful, thorough job. Saves money because the tree doesn't have to be re-done every year.  The Bartlett crew also did a removal in an extremely tricky location, got the oak tree off the power/phone/cable wires on the pole, and patiently untangled my fruitless mulberry.

Curt; 8/8/22, 2/17/24


[Bartlett] came out and analyzed for free. Gave us suggestions. We fixed the problem. They came and fertilized and treated the tree. $100. It saved the tree. They will come for maintenance. I have used them for many trees. Highly recommend them.

Gail on California; 8/9/21


I also recommend Bartlett Tree Experts. Bartlett’s team recently pruned back 4 of my large Birch trees plus 2 smaller trees to reduce the canopy, which can prevent falling branches / storm damage. 

Julia on Husted; 5/16/22


Arborist Sean and crew of 4 did an awesome job of thinning my fruitless mulberries — I don’t like them pruned to their knobby joints, how they were treated in the past. I called Bartlett because they’re already recommended on WGBackfence, deservedly so.

Tina on Hillsdale Ave.; 12/31/23


We second the praise for Sean and Bartlett Tree Service team. Very helpful when our parkway Magnolias were stressed during the drought.

Rita on Mercer Ave; 12/31/23

Torby Piceno


Torby Piceno trimmed my 50 year old tree several years ago. My tree is in decline. He shaped and thinned to encourage growth on the sparse side. He knew that it is a zelkova. His prices are very reasonable. Too many trees are being hacked by unskilled people with chainsaws.

Pam on Wren; 5/16/22

Andrew Perez

1244 Minnesota Ave., (408) 469-1721

We are currently (today) using Andrew Perez, 1244 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose.  He has done two others on our block and everyone has been happy with his work. 

Linda H.; 5/16/22

Sean McGrail


He is an excellent tree pruner!  Fruit or otherwise.

Vicki on Shepherd; 8/24/23


A big shout out for Sean. Sweetest and knowledgeable pruner! He has been pruning my lace leaf kind of Bonsai maples for last 11 years. Sean does magic year after year. He is worth every penny. To find a top notch pruner is like a needle in haystack. 

Anu B.; 8/24/23


Sean McGrail is excellent. He used to work with Nancy Garrison before she moved to Hawaii.

Nancy on Cottle; 4/25/24

Tree Removal
McDermott's Tree Service

We have used them for tree trimming, removal and replacement.

Bob on Bird; 2/17/21 


Notes on tree services

Whoever you hire...

There are two quick online checks that you should make on any tree service.  The "license numbers" and text on business cards or painted on trucks may not be accurate or current.


1. Check that someone who claims to be an "arborist" really is one.

Unless it is a complete removal, there is a lot more to proper tree work than just sawing away.



2. Check that you are hiring a licensed contractor -- and that they have workman's comp insurance.

One trick that some contractors (of all kinds) pull is to have a license but claim that they have no employees -- to avoid the cost of insurance.

Then they show up with a crew.

You don't want an accident to go against your homeowners insurance.



(One supposed contractor had a business card with the license number of a defunct plumbing company in LA. It wasn't just a typo -- I searched for him very carefully by "Personnel Name" on the State website. He had no license.)

Curt; May 9, 2013


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Medical / Dental / Health Care



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Allergy & Asthma Associates of Northern California

393 Blossom Hill Rd #315, (408) 281-7400

I highly recommend Allergy & Asthma Associates of Northern California (offices on Moorpark & Blossom Hill).  I have seen Dr. James Wolfe for many years, but I hear that all the doctors there are excellent.

Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/10/21


Plus one for Allergy and Asthma Associates. Dr. Torrano has been thoughtful, creative and entirely focused on making me feel better.

Elissa M.; 2/10/21


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Dr John Kao

2400 Samaritan Dr #200, 408-427-8825

My husband and a friend’s husband are very happy with him. His office is across the street from Good Sam.

Kim D.; 2/15/22

Andrew Kwa, Apex Cardiology of Silicon Valley

2400 Samaritan Drive, Ste 200, 408-369-7500

I've been working with Dr. Andrew Kwa for about a year. I like him and his staff. OK to quote. They're on Samaritan Drive.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/15/22


We second Apex. John Kao MD In the same office is my and a friend’s husband’s cardiologist.

Kim D.; 2/15/22


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Dr. Heather Shaw, Nova Chiropractic Center for Optimal Health

844 Jackson St, Santa Clara, 408-249-0382

She is amazing. Her knowledge of the human body goes well beyond the normal chiropractic knowledge of human body structural systems. I've been to quite a few chiropractors over the years and she is in a different league. I had bulging disks in my neck that were causing me high levels of pain in my neck and back. She was able to bring me back to where I could function normally with only minor discomfort. I highly recommend her.

Brian (formerly on California); 1/21/21

Dr. Mandy McManis


I also have a traveling chiropractor who does visit me in San Jose on occasion.

Julie on Creek Drive; 1/12/21

Dr. Zach

on Piedmont in Oakland”, 530-351-2181

If you have a more specialized problem.

Julie on Creek Drive; 1/12/21

Jake Hart

815 Union Ave, Campbell, (408) 634-6572

Took over our old Chiro's Practice during COVID. Has been wonderful. Doesn't take insurance which saves you money.

Martin P.; 5/31/23

Thrive 20/20

2575 N. 1st., 408-883-2088

Thrive offers Ultrasound, massage, Dr. assisted stretches, cold laser therapy, spinal adjustments and more. Appointments last about an hour to complete the various methods of treatment used to resolve chronic pain. Discounts for Kaiser patients.
Pam on Wren; 6/2/23

Dr. Mary Chan, Health Connection Chiropractic

1101 S Winchester Blvd G183, 408-624-7543

I have been going to Dr. Mary Chan for several years, and she definitely has helped me a lot! She has a holistic practice and has substantially improved my quality of life. Her office is closed for the holiday weekend, but I would suggest you call her next week.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 9/1/23

James M. Pedreiro

1055 Lincoln Ave., (408) 371-6003

He is a wonderful chiropractor!

Cindy on Via Blanca; 9/1/23

Score Clinic

1609 Meridian Ave., (408) 448-8818, https://www.scoreclinic.com/

I’ve had a great experience with Score at the corner of Meridian and Hamilton next to Walgreens.

Carol on DeAnza; 9/5/23


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Counselors / Therapists / Psychiatrists

Janelle Bull, Anchor Psychology


I highly recommend Janelle Bull and Anchor Psychology on Hamilton. Janelle and all her therapist are great. 

Beck J.; 2/10/23

Jeffrey Chen, MD, Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist

51 E Campbell Ave Ste 170, Campbell, 650-353-7022, www.jeffchenmd.com

My child used to see Dr. Chen. He sees children and adults and we found him great to work with. If your company has Lyra as a benefit for mental health benefits, he also accepts Lyra. I’m not sure what other insurance he accepts.

Ashley G.; 4/4/23

Speech Therapists
CSLOT - Center for Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy


Suggesting CSLOT - Center for Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy.

Maria S.; 9/21/21

College Counselors
Karen Zhang


We used Karen Zhang … for our daughter and highly recommend.

Jem; 1/9/23


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Dr. Peter Lee

1688 Willow St., #A1, 408-412-3820, 408-680-5224, https://www.todaysdentistrysanjose.com/

[Peter] and his staff are wonderful! The office takes Delta.

Sarah on Brookdale



ACCU Dental

1180 Blossom Hill Rd., Ste 4


Tina on Hillsdale; 12/16/21

Hillsdale Dental

1660 Hillsdale Ave UNIT 130, (408) 404-8385, www.hillsdaledentalcare.com

I changed my coverage to return to Hillsdale Dental, who are very good.

Tina on Hillsdale; 12/16/21

Dr. Toschi

1660 Willow St., https://www.drtoschi.com, (408) 978-7991, info@drtoschi.com

Second the recommendation for Dr. Toschi. He has the hygienists flag a tooth on the detailed computer diagram as "watch" -- rather than recommending work that may turn out to be unnecessary. 

Curt G.; 5/23/23

Dr. Mark Ajlouni and Dr. Connie Kais, Arbor Dental

3151 S White Rd #104, 408-270-2273

I would highly recommend Dr. Mark Ajlouni and Dr. Connie Kais. They are both excellent dentists and WG residents. The staff and other doctors there are also exceptional; so friendly and efficient; a very well managed office.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 5/24/23

Dr. Jensen Sun

1300 Meridian Ave., (408) 264-9203

I've gone to Dr. Jensen Sun on Meridian at Camino Monde for years. He and his staff are excellent.

Ann on Spencer; 8/15/23


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Jennifer Baron

123 DiSalvo Ave., Ste. A, (408) 418-8780

I highly recommend Jennifer Baron. She’s is extremely knowledgeable and up to date in various procedures. Check her out at jenniferbaronmd.com. Also does Mo’s Surgery.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/22/21

Dr. Chelsea Ma


I see Dr. Chelsea Ma at Stanford Derm in Redwood City. It’s very easy to get there. They have two divisions in their Dermatology clinic. So far I’ve only been to the medical/surgical wing for skin checks and cancer removals. They are all fantastic there.

Marguerite on Kayellen Ct.; 6/24/23

Dr. Anthony Badame


My late father saw Dr. Anthony Badame regularly for many years and was very pleased with both the doctor and the staff.  His office is on Forest Ave near O'Connor Hospital.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/24/23


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Doctors (General Practice) / Physicians

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Hand and Wrist Doctor
Eric Kagel

2505 Samaritan Dr #208, (408) 358-3555, https://www.erickagelmd.com/

I recommend Eric Kagel, MD - I've used him for in-office procedures and outpatient surgery, and I'm pleased with the results.

Elissa on Laurie; 2/16/22

William Wall

2120 Forest Ave #4, (408) 297-2012, https://www.williamwallmd.com/

I heartily recommend Dr. William Wall. He put my wrist back together when I slipped and fell like Humpty Dumpty. Two surgeries and about 8 months later and my wrist was good as new.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/16/22


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Hearing Aides / Hearing Equipment


6898 Raleigh Rd., (408) 908-7929

My husband has used the Costco at Cottle Rd for his hearing aids, with very good results, too.

Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/10/21

Dr. Margaret Carter


My ENT is Dr. Margaret Carter. She is with Camino ENT. They have three different locations: one in South San Jose; one in Los Gatos, and one in Morgan Hill. They have audiologist right now at all locations.

Carol on Mazzaglia; 5/5/21


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Home Health Care / Hospice

Pathways Hospice

888-755-7855, https://pathwayshealth.org/locations/

We had Pathways Hospice in 2017 for my mil. Can't recommend them highly enough.

Janice on Coolidge; 10/8/21


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Massage Therapy

Aja Schieman, Forma Gym


Aja Schieman at Forma Gym is excellent. She works on areas that you didn’t know were too tight. Gym membership is not required. Text her [at the number given].

Pam on Wren; 2/27/23



She’s a gem! Bernie listens to what you’re saying and asking for, kind and wants to help you feel better!!

Tofoi Y.; 2/27/23


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Occupational Therapist - pediatric

Spectrum Eye Physicians

408-884-2215, https://www.spectrumeye.com/ (several locations)

I see Dr. Mastman at Spectrum Eye in Cupertino for cataract management and some other things. They have offices all over the valley. 

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 12/4/23


I also recommend the docs at Spectrum. I go to their offices on Samaritan Dr.

Carol A.; 12/4/23

Dr. Thomas Tayeri, Palo Alto Eye Group

1805 El Camino Real, Ste 100, Palo Alto & 2512 Samaritan Ct suite k, San Jose, 650-324-9200

He’s the best there is. Very competent, tries to save you money, won’t recommend anything unnecessary, and he spends his summers restoring sight to people in Kenya through a foundation he co-founded. He’s absolutely wonderful.

Arlene B.; 12/4/23


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Dr. Trainor or Dr. Nan, VisualEyes Optometry

1172 Lincoln Ave., (408) 283-7100, https://www.visualeyesoptometry.com/

Visual Eyes Optometry on Lincoln is fantastic. Dr. Trainor or Dr. Nan. Highly recommend.

Sara on Michigan Ave.; 11/19/21

Eyeglasses Repair
Eye Clinic

220 Meridian Ave., (408) 457-7311

You might try Eye Clinic at the corner of Meridian and Park.  They have a glasses store that does repairs.  I’ve had glasses fixed there in the past. They do good work.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/12/22


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Oral Surgeon

(also see Dentist)


Advice from a practicing dentist

Anyone looking for an oral surgeon should have been referred by their general dentist. Their dentist should know the patient's specific needs and be sending the person to the most appropriate professional. By taking a referral from the elist you risk seeking care from the wrong professional. For example, of the docs listed above: [one] is a periodontist (gum and bone treatments). [another] is an endodontist (root canal treatments), …. Having a general dentist you trust is the first step to understanding the need for a referral and then getting sent to the proper professional, one that your general dentist has a good working relationship with and shares a similar practice philosophy with too. …

John on Michigan; February 16, 2011


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General information

I would encourage anyone who believes they or their children require orthodontic care should ask the opinion of their general dentist. You picked your dentist because he has a style and values you agree with, and he will steer you to an orthodontist who has a similar style and set of values. I have had patients ask their friends for a referral and then had to work with a doctor I don't know and do not have a clear working relationship with, and that can cause confusion and complications. You really can't make a mistake - all the orthodontists in our area are nice guys and good doctors.

John Pisacane, DDS on Lincoln; June 15, 2011


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Physical Therapist

Luc Nguyen

1081 S. Winchester Blvd.,  408-753-9988, https://www.specializedptsolutions.com/

I highly recommend Dr. Luc Nguyen of Specialized PT Solutions, located on Winchester South of Hwy 280.  He is the best!

Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/12/21

Ben Turner, OPTM Saratoga

12980 Saratoga Ave, 408-973-7700, optmsaratoga.com

Ben has helped me with multiple issues over a number of years, including neck and lower back, knee and broken ankle. He is experienced, creative, and most importantly, evaluates and considers the whole person/whole body/systems and how everything working together (or not) needs to be addressed as part of the PT plan.

Laura previously near Bird and Willow; 2/11/21

Luc Nguyen

1081 S. Winchester Blvd, (408) 753-9988, https://specializedptsolutions.com/luc-nguyen%2C-pt%2C-dpt%2C-ocs

Luc Nguyen is an excellent physical therapist and I have seen him for a number of PT issues (knee, back, neck). They are located on Winchester between Payne and Williams.  I know other people who have seen Luc and also say good things about him.

Suzanne on Cristina; 6/18/21

Saba Kamal, Hands on Care

2242 Camden Ave., (408) 884-8361

When you're finished with your surgery or possibly before you have it, get a referral to Saba Kamal and/ or her staff... They are experts in Upper Extremity Therapy.  I went there for a few months after my wrist surgery. They are not wimpy there; they expect you to work to regain your range of motion. The results are definitely worth the hard work.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/16/22

Williamson/Hahn Physical Therapy

1505 Meridian Ave. #A, (408) 264-6643

I’ve been to Williamson several times over the past few years. They were recommended by my physicians for various problems   Couldn’t say that one was better than another

Carol on Gaton Dr.; 8/5/22


Williamson/Hahn Physical Therapy

**not recommended**

Felecia on Curtiss ; 3/3/23

Silver Creek Physical Therapy

14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos, http://www.scfpt.com 

I had a frozen shoulder a couple of years ago that was bad enough for me to go to the ER. After lots of research, I went [here]. I saw Kevin and a few other PTs and they were all great. All the assistants who were helping were very attentive. They all listened to me, made sure I understood what I was doing, why I was doing it, and that I was doing it correctly so I got the most out of what I was doing without hurting myself. It was hard work but I looked forward to going because of the results I was seeing.    

Felecia on Curtiss; 3/3/23

South Bay Physical Therapy

2048 Lincoln Ave., (408) 448-1677

I was impressed with the professionalism of South Bay Physical Therapy... Their staff is very efficient and knowledgeable.

Bart on Telfer; 3/3/23

Quinn Orthopedic Physical Therapy

595 Park Ave #101, (408) 947-8466

I really liked Quinn by Park Ave when I had [frozen shoulder] two years ago. Good luck!

Jem; 3/3/23 


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Harish H.K. Murthy, MD

2520 Samaritan Dr #104B, (408) 356-8400

This is my doctor. So far, so good!

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 7/12/23

Dr. Robert Torrano, Allergy and Asthma Associates

4050 Moorpark Ave., 408-243-2700, https://www.allergycare.com/

Our family goes to allergy and asthma specialist, Moorpark office and sees Dr. Torrano. We have been there for over 20+ years. Highly recommend him.

Sanjit C.; 7/12/23


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Senior Housing

(also see Senior Medical Care)

A Place for Mom


I had personal experience with them 2 years ago. At that time they were really helpful and it was all free.
Carol on Gaton Drive; 6/15/23


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Senior Medical Care / Caregiver / Adult Daycare

Care Indeed

419 E. Hamilton Ave, Campbell; Tel: (408) 728-6020; https://www.careindeed.com/campbell/

Care Indeed is doing an excellent job visiting a friend of mine for a couple of hours several days a week.  They provide very nice people who are immunized and masked.  The caregivers check in via smartphone app when they arrive and leave.

Their central monitoring center in Menlo Park  is open 24x7 -- and it really is.

Curt G; 5/6/22

Mary Jane Laaina

650 630 5620

…you couldn’t ask for anyone better. [She kept] my mother’s anxiety under control. She made sure she had good meals. She does light housekeeping, like dishes and laundry. She took her to … appts. … she helped with dressing and bathing. She was employed by my family for 6-8 years and I have nothing but high praise for her. She is looking for full-time work. If your loved one needs 24 hour care, she has a network of people who can supplement her time.

Casey on Minnesota; 8/7/22

Heidi Corr


She and her crew were great caregivers.  Our neighbor was always clean and happy. They did some cooking and light housekeeping.  Heide always made sure there was someone there for our neighbor. She is very busy, but might be able to recommend someone for you. Be sure to use my name.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/20/22

Nati McCoy

(408) 826-2080

[Nati (pronounced "Natty," short for Natividad)] … is very easy to understand. She is intelligent and catches on quickly. I highly recommend her. ...she can help you with: Meal preparation, Grocery shopping, Light housekeeping, Laundry, Doctor visits, Medication management, Run errands, In-home care.

Susan on Gerald Way; 2/7/23, 8/30/23


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Airport Transportation / Shuttle / Taxis / Limousines

Scott Brazelton

Scottyb52@comcast.net; (408) 310-2308

I've used him for trips to and from SFO a few times and he is terrific. Reliable, safe. The last time, I left my phone in the car on the homeward trip and he found it and was waiting in front of the house almost as soon as I realized I didn't have it. Highly recommend him.

Suzy on Adele; 12/5/22


I agree with Suzy. Scotty's the best! Prompt, reliable and highly entertaining. Just a great guy!

Casey on Minnesota; 12/5/22


I found Scotty on the elist. He's great. He took me from my home in WG to SJC - said he goes anywhere you want to go - SFO, dinner party...anywhere! He charged about half of what I was going to pay with Uber, plus I tipped him.

Susan on Gerald; 9/29/23



Someone on elist recommended Caryn for transportation to SJC.  We used Caryn on our return trip late at night. She was excellent. We had 4 adults, luggage and carry-ons. Caryn was able to accommodate us in her Subaru Outback.

Carol M.; 11/14/23


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Alterations / Seamstress / Embroidery / Tailor

Alterations By Ioana

840 Willow St #100 (southwest corner of Bird and Willow), 408-288-5091

I agree!!! Ioanna is THE BEST!  My daughters and Son-in-law have gone to her! 

Jessi on Crescent; 3/24/21

Just My Size Alterations

2810 S Bascom Ave Suite 1, (408) 807-4068

I have been going to Just My Size Alterations on Bascom Ave. for almost 20 years. They have done my wedding dress, many bridesmaids dresses, and just regular clothes that I needed altered and I can't do myself. They are really great!

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 9/7/22

C Cleaners & Alterations

1702 Meridian Ave UNIT E, (408) 809-7075

The owner of C Cleaners does a great job at a reasonable price. She is super sweet. She has hemmed dresses and pants for me... She has also done a couple of more complex fixes as well for my daughter. C Cleaners is a couple doors down from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Meridian.

Linh on Glenn; 9/7/22


CC Cleaners are great for alterations and dry cleaning. VERY reasonable pricing. 

Karen on Blewett.; 9/7/22


I’ve recently switched to C Cleaners. I’ve been very pleased with the results. She has done a great job with alterations and her service is fast. I highly recommend her.

Casey on Minnesota; 9/7/22


[I needed] to have a fabric purse whose handle had come apart repaired. I asked if she could fix it. She took it from me and fixed it on the spot for a ridiculously low price. I paid her a bit more. I’ll definitely be back [to C Cleaners & Alterations].

Carole L.; 10/26/22


I second the service at C Cleaners. Expert seamstress, no matter the fabric. The fit afterward is fabulous. She is so talented and kind, despite having her tip jar stolen from the counter.

Maria S.; 10/26/22


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Banners & Signs; Silk Screening


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1378 Lincoln Ave. (north of Minnesota, east side of street) (408) 292-8880 http://www.hicklebees.com/

Nationally renowned emporium of children's books.  They also serve grown-ups, are the local source of the Willow Glen Historic Walking Tour book, and can special order anything else.

Larry on Willow, 3/1/22


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Bicycles / Bike Repair

Mike’s Bikes

1180 Lincoln Ave; (408) 295-2453; http://mikesbikes.com/

On Lincoln, a block south of Willow.  Large, well-stocked store with friendly service

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22

Trek Bicycle Store of San Jose

Plant Shopping Center, 111 Curtner Ave #80; (408) 264-2453; www.sanjosetrek.com

New location: in “The Plant” at Monterey Hwy. 

Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21


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Clock and Watch Repair

World Time

2233 Stevens Creek, (408) 248-9235

They’re very good.

Nina on El Rio; 7/5/21

Watch Battery Replacement
Willow Glen Diamond

1302 Lincoln Ave #102, (408) 993-1313, https://www.wgdiamond.com/

Lincoln across from La Villa. [$15] and the nicest group of women.

Karen on Blewett; 3/27/22

Mann’s Jewelers

1347 Lincoln Ave., (408) 287-7858, https://www.mannsdiamonds.com/

Mann’s jewelers on Lincoln Ave in WG replaces watch batteries. I’ve gone to them for years

Nina on El Rio; 3/27/22, 4/25/23


I always use Mann’s.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/25/23


3183 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, (408) 429-8881, https://watchcare.com/

Bascom passed Camden. Open at 11. Walk in. Less cost the any other. $12 for me.

Gail on California; 10/8/23


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Computer Repair

Don Heinsen, Systems Engineer

(408)559-4000 or Cell: 408/580-6795; dhkybds@earthlink.net

[Don Heinsen]...he's a very knowledgeable and friendly one-man computer-repair company, a local resident who is available to help at apparently any hour of the day.  He can remove the hard-drive from your machine, connect it to one of his systems, and use numerous techniques to recover the data.

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22  

Frank Bejan, MicroComp

1272 (behind 1268) Lincoln Avenue, (408) 295-8050

It's been about 6 years since I needed help with a laptop, but I was very pleased when I consulted Frank  -- at that time, he was taking appointments only, so best to call first.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/17/23, 2/17/24


Thank you for the recommendation of Frank Bejan. He got us back up & running at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend him! 

Linda E.; 5/31/23


I took my old laptop to Frank at MicroComp and he wiped the hard drive. I think he offered to pull it out if I wanted. You'll need an appointment, though.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/8/23


He is right behind the chocolate shop on Lincoln (his wife's business). Very trustworthy. Great to work with.

Karen F.; 1/30/24

Click Away

457 E. McGlincy Ave., Campbell, 408-626-9400; clickaway.com

I highly recommend ClickAway for any computer repair work. They work on Microsoft or [Apple] Macintosh. You can take it in, or for a fee they will make a house call. They are great. No need for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/28/21, 1/18/22

John, Phone Repair Center

314 East Santa Clara Street, 408 217-9939 

I wanted to give a big "shout out" for [John at Phone Repair Center.]

Debbie on North 13th Street; 11/8/22

Charles Barnett, Lightning Computer

(408) 660-3748

Charles Barnett, owner of Lightening Computer is terrific...I have been using him for 6 or 7 years...Look at his yelp reviews...he comes to the house, wastes no time, is honest, friendly and knowledgeable...

Nanci on Ellen; 6/8/23

Computer Cables
Bay Area Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave. #111, (408) 320-9115, http://www.bayareaphonedoctor.com/

[For Apple iPad cables] Go to the Phone Doctor near CVS in downtown WG. He's great and stocks what you need.

Nina on El Rio; 3/23/22

Tablet / eReader Repair
Bay Area Phone Doctor

1261 Lincoln Ave #111, (408) 320-9115, http://www.bayareaphonedoctor.com/

They wouldn't start work without telling you how much. They have never tried to upsell me nor even sell me anything at all. From what I've seen, relationship building is far more important to them. Like a lot of long-time WG businesses, their trustworthiness and friendship is probably what's kept them in business this long.

Taffy on Marshall; 4/20/21


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Consignment, Antiques, Second-hand


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Crafts and Hobbies; Arts and Crafts Supplies


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Dry cleaners / Laundry Services

Rex Cleaners

60 Race Street, (408) 292-0363

We have been using Rex Cleaners on Race Street for years.  It is family owned, reasonably priced, and they do excellent work.  They even cleaned my daughter’s wedding dress and had it hermetically sealed for storage.  They have a very capable seamstress that can fix almost anything.

Jan on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/1/22


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Estate Sales / Estate Buyers / Whole House Clearance

Amanda Kuzak, Kuzak's Closet

650-646-4343; https://www.kuzakscloset.com/

Kuzak's Closet is a good one. My friends used them and I've shopped at many of their sales.

Judi on Kimble; 9/12/22


Kuzak's Closet did an amazing job for us on my mil's estate.  BTW, if you check their website, they do a number of other things: helping reorganize closets, houses; cleaning out hoarder's house, etc.

Janice on Coolidge; 9/12/22

Cindy Hofen, Managing Moves and More

(650) 450-0928, https://www.managingmoves.com/

Try “Managing Moves and More”. They were wonderful to work with when I moved. 

Carol on Gaton; 2/20/22


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Exercise Class / Gymnastics


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Framing (art & pictures)

Willow Glen Art and Frame

1338 Lincoln, (408) 288-5886

I had a large piece of cross stitch framed nicely at Willow Glen Art and Frame on Lincoln Avenue.

Tina on Monte Vista; 12/22/22


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Furniture Shops


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Mariette Fruit Chocolates

1268 Lincoln Avenue 

[recommended by]

Larry on Willow, 3/1/22


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1608 Las Plumas Ave., 408-933-3608

…a new and spacious 2nd-hand and surplus hardware store: doors, windows, appliances (e.g., fridges and cooktops from a motel remodel), furnishings, new odd-lots of nuts-and-bolts, plumbing, play houses, ..., at low cost, w/ proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/22


Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to donate building items. All proceeds from ReStore are turned help support Habitat programs and services to help Bay Area neighbors to become self-reliant through housing.

Pam on Wren; 2/27/23

The Outdoor Supply Hardware (formerly OSH)

on Blossom Hill and Meridian

The old Orchard Supply: new owners, original service!

Larry (on Willow); 3/25/24


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Holiday Lights Installation & Christmas Tree Decorations

Holiday Lights, Inc.

60 Dillon Ave.,, Campbell, 408-384-9627, HolidayLightsBayArea@gmail.com

We have had Holiday Lights, Inc. hang our Xmas lights for many years now.  They are careful about the yard plants and come ready to hang anything you want. They are ready with several ladders and all the fixings to repair broken strings and bulbs. Very courteous and speak very good English.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/29/21, 2/4/23

Gerardo Tzul, Clear View Windows

408 449-7174, clearviewsoclean@gmail.com

[He] washed our windows… today. ... He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.

Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23

Willow Glen Christmas Ornaments

1322 Lincoln Ave., (408) 286-5555


1378 Lincoln Ave., (408) 292-8880

Willow Glen Business Association

1261 Lincoln Ave. 217B, (408) 298-2100, www.willowglen.org

Bella James

1151 Lincoln Ave., 408.292.0000

Island Inspired

1314 Lincoln Ave, Ste 1a, (669) 230-3908

Mariette Chocolates

1268 Lincoln Ave., 408-295-9050

Street Christmas Trees
David Green

PO Box 2976, 95070, 408-279-2451

We do the trees in the Glen Eyrie quadrant.  We get our trees from David Green.  He is already working on tree orders for this year.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/6/18


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House sitter


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Jewelers & Jewelry

Ear Piercing
Annie, Pierced out


She's well known for being great with kids. A professional piercing is far better than a gun. … It heals much better and, with the right piercer, hurts less.  Note: only go to Annie. The other piercers are great but Annie is the only one I'd go to for kids. 

Taffy on Marshall; 4/26/21


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Knife and Tool Sharpening

The Knife Stalkers

349 Lincoln Ave.

[Knife Stalkers]: Crazy name but easy to remember and I have used him for years.  Between Auzerais and San Carlos. West side of the street.

Susan G.; 4/30/21


I second Knife Stalkers. They do a great job on our kitchen knives.

Rina S-L.; 5/2/21


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Organizer and Home Staging


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Photographer / Portraits / Artists

Photographic Enlargements / Restoration
Henry, Foto Express

304 E Santa Clara St Ste C., (408) 971-3977

Karen on Blewett; 7/7/21


I always recommend Foto Express by City Hall. Henry does great work!

Kathi on Cherry; 1/24/22

Winter, Copyco

2082 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell, 408-377-9500, http://www.copyconnection.com/

Karen on Blewett; 7/7/21

Len Weiss Photography

2038 Lincoln Ave., (408)221-7637

He did a great job with some 60 year old photos for me.

Kate on Norval; 2/9/22

Passport Photos

Hamilton and Winchester

I did mine at FedEx/Kinkos at Hamilton and Winchester - super easy.

Susan on Gerald; 8/5/23

Pet Portraits
Pet Portraits by Ida


Ida, a friend with whom I went to graduate school creates beautiful paintings of animals and humans. 

Sarah on Brookdale; 2/26/24


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Personal Assistant

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Personal Care: Hair Salon / Stylist / Spa / Tanning / Manicure & Pedicure / Nails / Beards / Facials

Kathy, Sterling's Barber & Stylist

1770 Shasta Ave., (408) 297-6705

Lovely person, excellent work, very reasonable prices. Kathy at Sterling's Barbers & Stylists does wonders with [my short hair]:  -- corner of San Carlos & Shasta, open Tues through Sat. Tell her I sent you.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 7/13/21

Kayla Cienega

(408) 550-5549 (cell)

Kayla has moved, now in Los Gatos… Cell phone is the same.

Janice on Coolidge; 4/10/22

Ginny Crespo

477 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 408-310-2113 (text), Hairbyginnycrespo.com

For curly/wavy hair: She works in Los Gatos but parking at the salon is no problem. She also does great coloring and works with you on any problems you might have with your hair. She listens very well and responds to client concerns in order to keep you looking good!

Nancy on Kotenberg; 3/6/21


I'm quite fond of Ginny Crespo, whom I found from a recommendation here. 

Tina on Monte Vista; 9/25/23

Esther, Esthetic Skin Care

(408) 307-7289

Had my facial in her private, very clean room in a salon on Winchester in Campbell. The whole salon follows all directions for covid and is very, very clean. I have missed Esther and her wonderful products. Please give her a call and you will not be disappointed.

Nancy on Kotenberg; 4/18/21

Foxworthy Beauty Salon

1433 Foxworthy Ave, (408) 265-8340

…someplace both affordable AND capable of knowing how to style seniors. Delightful couple own this place, their prices are incredible and they are wonderful working with seniors! Mom was very stylish, and even the coloring jobs were great. The wife does all the coloring. Husband and wife do excellent haircuts and styling. They also do entire families.

Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 5/29/21

Jen Wada, SomeWhair

1373 Lincoln Avenue, 408 891 6046

My hair person is particularly good at straight hair. She takes her time, works with precision, and the shop is nicely spaced with great ventilation so it's pretty calming during this Covid era. This is the cell phone number.

Carol on Curtis; 12/7/21, 9/12/22


Highly recommend Dennis Lumley at Somewhair on Lincoln Ave, 2 doors down from Bella James. Best to text him at: 408-921-7940. Great with cuts and color.

Karen on Blewett; 3/19/23

LGC Hair Salon

1459 Bird Ave., 408-279-1817

They are open 7 days a week from 9:00 to [6 or 7].  I see Rose for color, cuts and perms. She is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. The salon does hair for Men, Women and they are really good with kids. They take walk ins, but I usually call that morning and make an appt. I’ve been using her for several years now.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/15/22

Mahin’s Beauty Lounge

1465 Bird Ave., (408) 606-8989,

If your eyebrows have gotten a bit unruly during Covid, get them shaped by Mahin at Mahin’s Beauty Lounge in the Safeway shopping center at Bird and Minnesota. She also offers relaxing scalp and face massages. She serves both men and women. I had treatments today and not only look better, but am more relaxed.
Rebecca on Newport; 4/28/22

Vena Dorn

(408) 250-1188

I highly recommend Vena Dorn right here in WG. She used to have a studio on Lincoln, but is now on Jonathan. She offers a variety of facials and wonderful massages for a very reasonable price. In fact, you can get a facial/massage combo for a great price.

Rebecca on Newport; 10/18/23

Julie or Tina, NB Hair

826 Malone Rd., (408) 264-5651

Julie or Tina at NB Hair on Malone-both are wonderful. Moderate pricing. Our family has been going there for 19 years.

Debbi on Hazelwood; 1/9/24

Suzanne, Glow Aesthetics

1275 Lincoln Ave Suite 4, 408-693-1837

She's knowledgeable, gentle and kind. I've been seeing her for facials for several years and I love how my skin looks & feels after her facials. She has done wonders for my daughter's skin, too. She had a lot of acne and scarring during her teenage years.

Linh on Glenn Ave; 4/8/24

Beard Trimming
Kathy, Sterling's Barbers & Stylists

1770 Shasta Ave., (408) 297-6705

Kathy at Sterling's Barber and Stylist used to do that for my husband and she did an excellent job.  [Open] Tues through Sat -- San Carlos & Shasta.

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/1/21

Day Spas
Watercourse Way Bath House Spa

165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, (650) 462-2000, watercourseway.com

I’ve been going there for years. I have not found a spa around here that is as good. 

Regan on Jansen; 3/2/23

Make-Up Artists
Rebecca Rook, Kiss & Makeup

1165 Lincoln Ave #125, (408) 947-9700

Rebecca…is fantastic. I’ve been going to her for years and have hired her to do makeup for my wedding clients. She created a fabulous look for me for a photo shoot years ago. Very natural and photogenic. Rebecca has been doing makeup for decades, even for some very famous people. She specializes in eyebrows and has her own line of makeup. I know she’d be happy to do a consult with you. I highly recommend her.

Karen on Blewett; 8/6/22

Nail Salons
Mia, Hand Candy

1060 Willow St Unit 5, 408-931-6338

I highly recommend this salon. Very clean, all brand new, most all of the OPI colors. A regular mani/pedi is $45. But ask for the opening special that includes paraffin wax for your feet and massage. Nice addition to the neighborhood! The owner is very sweet. Mia did my nails and was really good. Open every day.

Karen on Blewett; 7/8/21


I had a fabulous pedicure and manicure at "Hand Candy" Nail Spa yesterday.  Mia, owner, was outstanding - very friendly and professional. Right now she is the only one doing nail, etc. service - trying to hire another person. Please consider Mia when planning nail, etc. service.

Carol on Kiner; 7/21/21, 6/24/22

Essence Nail Spa

1387 Lincoln Ave., (408) 295-6789

I have been going to Essence nail spa on Lincoln for years now. They do great work. Most technicians speak passable English, and they are all sweet girls. Kimmy is the owner, is Vietnamese, but American raised and speaks both languages perfectly (schedule with Kimmy if you can, then she can translate if you have a complicated request).…they have just invested in fancy new pedicure chairs that heat, massage and do just about everything except wash your car.

Kris; 6/24/22

House of Wigs

238 Plaza Central, Los Altos, (650) 559-0073, http://houseofwigslosaltos.com/

We splurged on a human hair wig for my sister who is going through chemo again - went to House of Wigs in Los Altos. They carry synthetic wigs as well. We were very impressed with the level of service provided.

Lisa on Crescent Drive; 5/22/23


Friend of mine just got an amazing wig at [House of Wigs].

Carol on Gaton Dr.; 5/22/23

The Next Step

15400 National Ave, Los Gatos, 408-358-8433

I agree about The Next Step. It's unique, a pleasure to visit & deal with.  

Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/22/23


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Piano Repair, Tuning, Moving

Naomi, Pianos by Naomi

(408) 244-5160, http://www.pianosbynaomi.com

We've had good tuning done by Naomi of Pianos by Naomi.

Judi on Kimble; 2/3/22

Tyler’s Piano Service


Tyler completely rebuilt our 1907 Upright Grand Fischer.  He really knows what he’s doing.  And he tunes pianos too!  Also a really nice guy.

Julie on De Anza Way; 2/15/22

Piano Storage
Burton & Wilson, The Piano Craftsmen

contact@burtonandwilsonpiano.com, 800-336-1924, Call/Text 831-227-1099

Absolutely. These guys are fantastic, and their storage facility is climate controlled. All they do is pianos, so they take excellent care in moving and storing your instrument. Des Wilson is the owner. 

Sara on Michigan Ave.; 5/21/23


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Printing & Paper Supplies / Stationary

Kelly Paper

1676 Monterey Road (south of Alma, on east side), (408) 885-1890

It’s a large warehouse wholesale distributor of paper, the supplier to the local printers.  Open 7:30 to 5.  They will sell to the public: individual reams of paper, envelopes by the box of 500, etc.

They carried the special thickness and color paper that I couldn’t find elsewhere, and saw that they also stocked a wide variety that I didn’t even know were made.

Larry on Willow; 3/25/24

Ken, Lightning Press

1085 Memorex Dr. Santa Clara, www.lightningpress.net

For Commercial Printing I have used and recommend Ken at Lightning Press.  He does a lot of work for Santa Clara University.

Lynn on Blewett Ave.; 3/16/23


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Realtor / Real Estate Brokers

Maureen Uram

(408) 656-2544

Homeowner Experience out of Almaden. Knowledgeable and local.

Martin P.; 1/8/24

Deena Westergard


San Jose native - used on a couple of transactions. 

Rebecca R.; 1/8/24

Colleen Marchbank, Compass Broker Associate, DRE#: 01053725

16268 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, m: 408.218.7967

She's been a real estate broker for over 20 years and is a sincere, creative, caring, and smart professional. She's knowledgeable and works very hard for her clients with a total hands-on approach. I've worked with her on many sales and she is absolutely dedicated to her clients!

Sherri off Meridian & Foxworthy; 1/8/2024

Michael Nevis, Nevis and Ardizzone Team, Compass, BRE# 01139401

408-781-0779, mnevis@compass.com, MichaelNevis.com

Michael has been our realtor for the sale of three houses and the purchase of two. Each sale and purchase brought its own unique challenges, especially challenges of timing. Michael listened to us and also provided feedback and guidance, facilitating successful closes.

Laura formerly near Bird and Willow; 1/8/24


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Shoe & Luggage Repair

Lincoln Shoe Repair

2208 Lincoln Ave., 408-978-2589

I second the recommendation for the shoe repair on Lincoln right before Curtner on the left hand side going south.

Karen on Blewett; 4/10/21


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Tina on Monte Vista; 4/10/21

Cobbler’s Bench

60 N Winchester Blvd #1, Santa Clara, (408) 249-0439

But I do recommend The Cobbler's Bench on Winchester across from Valley Fair. They do excellent work on all leather goods, not just shoes.

Tina on Monte Vista; 4/10/21


I second Tina’s rec Cobbler’s Bench across VF. Very good quality job they do.

Anu B.; 4/10/21

Willow Glen Shoe Repair

1596 Meridian Ave., (408) 266-6891

I’ve always had great experiences with the shop across Meridian from Goodwill.

Kathi on Cherry; 4/10/21


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Shopping Delivery Services


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Sports / Sporting Goods

Pickleball Lessons
Trish, The Hub

600 E Hamilton Ave #150, Campbell, (833) 484-3482, https://thehubpickleball.com/

You can take a private lesson, a shared lesson, or a group lesson. My wife and I took a shared lesson for 1 hour and we learned a lot about the strategy and rules of play. Well worth the investment if you’re really looking into the sport.

Dan on Greencreek; 9/11/23

Pool Tables
Shark’s Pool Tables

443 S. Bascom Ave., 408-595-5691

We had a great experience with Danny and his team from Shark’s pool tables. Very professional, prompt and fair pricing. They moved and reassembled a pool table for us.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 1/25/24

Surf Shops
Cowell's Beach Surf Shop

Front St, Santa Cruz

I would start with Cowell's Beach Surf Shop on Front St. It is across the street from the Wharf entrance. They do lessons and rentals but, will have the best suggestions [for where to go to surf in Santa Cruz].

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23

O'Neill's Surf Shop

1115 41st Ave, Capitola, (831) 475-4151

You can also try calling O'Neill's surf shop on 41st St. …near the Capitola Village. Not sure if O'Neill rents out boards and suits anymore but, good place to ask also.

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23

Freeline Surf Shop

821 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, (831) 476-2950

…stores will know which spots to surf and which ones NOT to surf. Depends on level of experience and knowledge of how each surf spot's swell operates. West Santa Cruz down to Capitola and further have different facing direction swell.

Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23


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Travel Agents

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Video Photography

AV Conversion


In the past, we’ve had good luck with ScanCafe. The website highlights 8mm and Super8 conversion services, but also has several mentions of 16mm (e.g. on the pricing page).  Would suggest an email to them to clarify / confirm. 

Amish on Husted; 11/1/22


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Web Designer

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Zumba, Yoga, & Personal Training

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Pet Care: Multi-service


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Pet Grooming

Jay, Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic

699 Lincoln Ave #3795, (408) 293-3448

…we love Jay, the groomer at Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic.

Rachel on Hicks; 7/2/21


Jay is amazing. You should see his poodle. He is very patience, kind and does beautiful haircuts. Highly recommend.

Sanjit C.; 7/2/21

Quality Pet Spot

1120 Bird Ave UNIT G, (408) 982-5656

We had good luck yesterday for our first appointment with our golden retriever.

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/5/21

Showtime Pet Grooming

104 Race St., 408-292-7387, Rachel@ShowtimePetGrooming.com

We also like [Showtime Pet Grooming] on Race.

Lynn on Clintonia; 8/5/21

Mobile Pet Grooming
Wow! My Dog


My friend just used “WOW! My Dog” and was pleased with the results for her small white non-shedding dog. The groomer was Jose. 

Karlie on Glenwood; 5/1/23, 11/15/23

TLC Mobile Pet Grooming

(408) 226-7387, (408) 656-6402, gaildogmom@gmail.com 

We have an English Cream Golden Retriever...60#....large and furry! Highly recommend them.  Contact me if you want more information about them. 

Joyce R.; 5/1/23


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Pet Habitats


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Pet Sitting & Boarding / Kennels

Furry Friends Pet Sitters

http://www.furryfriendpets.com/, customersupport@furryfriendpets.com

They sent us…texts and photos of how our cats were and diligently carried out all the pet (and house) duties we asked of them. They are licensed, insured, and bonded, and belong to the Pet Sitters professional organization. They spent the initial visit with us to learn all about our cats, and to execute a very detailed contract to cover ALL possible contingencies. (they care for birds and rats, too)

Jim (formerly on Settle); 11/10/21

Rebecca Goldstone, Willow Glen Paws

(408) 391-3660; https://www.willowglenpaws.com/, rebecca@willowglenpaws.com

Try Rebecca at Willow Glen Paws. She's in Willow Glen.

Tina on Monte Vista; 12/2/21

Noah's Bark

799 Sunol St #1, http://www.noahsbarkdogdaycare.com/contact-us/; 408-763-5900

We started taking our girl to Noah's Bark on Sunol a couple months ago- they even offer overnights/weekends and we used that once. 

Jem; 10/25/22

Sam Clark Moore

408.540.9953, enbysam@gmail.com

I have a pet sitter I just used that I’d like to recommend. She lives here in WG and is a delightful young lady. She took excellent care of my two cats and my home, was responsive to messages, and seems very responsible. 

Carol on Glenwood; 4/15/24


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Pet Store


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Pet Training / Dog Therapists / Socializing

Amelia Olsen

(408) 515-2347

We also worked with Amelia Olsen fig training - she was incredible. We did 5 hour sessions with her and our dogs are much better behaved. She gave us the tools we need to continue training on our own.

Linda E.; 9/26/22

Amelia Olsen, Smart Paws Training


She helped us with many issues we had with our little 3 year rescue pup. Walks used to be so stressful and are now pleasant again. She helped us socialize him with my daughters new puppy who he really didn’t like. After 6-8 weeks of training, we can now leave them home alone together. I highly recommend her.

Linda E.; 1/6/23

Stacy Braslau-Schneck, MA CPDT-KA CBCC-KA CAP2, Stacy's Wag'N'Train

www.wagntrain.com, http://willowglendogtrainer.com/

I do private lessons and also day-training. All the information about my services (as well as a LOT of training tips and advice!) are on my website.   I am also providing virtual (zero contact) coaching right now, and hope to return to in-person coaching and hands-on training as soon as it’s safe to do so!

*self-recommend* Stacy on Nightingale; stacy.wagntrain@gmail.com; 2/8/21


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Pet Walking / Dog Walker

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Service Animals


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Burbank Pet Hospital

1819 W San Carlos St., (408) 271-7875, www.burbankpet.com

I've been taking cats to Burbank Pet Hospital forever and have always been very satisfied with each of the vets there -- not inexpensive, but prices comparable to other local vets as far as I know (I have no experience with dogs).  the vets and techs there are particularly wonderful with elderly animals.

Maureen near Bird & Willow, 6/12/21

Dr Sara Skiwski, Western Dragon


When nothing was working for our rabbit and bills were climbing too high, our vet suggested Dr Sara. She excelled and now the rest is history. She provides the best of both worlds - Westerns and Eastern medical philosophies and blends them beautifully.

Taffy on Marshall Ave; 6/12/21


I agree. I use Sara and Dr Hoge at Camden for my 13 yr old mostly Lab

Nina on El Rio; 6/12/21

Deborah Mathis


She does house calls which I've found particularly helpful with older pets. She specializes in tradition vet medicine as well as acupuncture, herbs and nutrition. I've used Dr. Mathis for 3 elderly dogs now and she is fantastic. She's helped my dogs numerous times when there was nothing the regular vet could do.

Randi on Arbor; 6/12/21

Dr. Carolyn Araiza

(408) 569-9070

I recommend trying Dr. Carolyn Araiza. She is a mobile vet with a wealth of knowledge, very compassionate. Yelp reviews back this up. Her home visits are not inexpensive, but she might be willing to give you ideas over the phone. 

Julia on Husted; 10/4/22

Dr. Christine Hanney

1036 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, (408) 736-8296, sunnyvalecatclinic.com

I didn’t know Dr. Hanney had moved to a Sunnyvale practice. Yes, I agree, she’s a wonderful vet, treated my cats over the years. 

Julia on Husted; 10/5/22

Warm Springs Pet Hospital


Our beloved [dog] had ACL repair surgery yesterday…we decided on Warm Springs in Fremont. The service, kindness, professionalism and COST were amazing. Over 50% less. No hidden costs. Very transparent and one amount. $4400. Including xrays, surgery, drugs, and 2 aftercare check ups. It is the nicest most welcoming place. Each patient is greeted at 8 am and taken in by their own vet tech. Pick up was at 3 pm. The tech is your contact person and calls you with info prior, after and next day follow up. Their hospital is modern, clean and absolutely wonderful. 
Lynn on Clintonia; 6/13/23

Adobe Animal Hospital

15965 Los Gatos Blvd, Ste. 100, (408) 357-8008, https://www.adobe-animal.com/

Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Gatos is taking new clients. We’ve been going there for decades and recommend them.

Bob; 1/2/24

Reed Animal Hospital

Campbell & Saratoga, https://www.reedanimalhospital.com/

ALL of their vets

Tina N.; 1/2/24

at-home euthanasia
Restful Paws

100 S Murphy Ave, suite 200, Sunnyvale, (408) 242-2792, https://www.therestfulpaws.com/

[Rec for at-home euthanasia] The vet was sensitive and took her time in preparing our family. She did not rush giving everyone time to say goodbye. $350 for the vet visit. $300 for cremation.

Gail on California; 1/12/21


We just had to say goodbye to our sweet senior dog Willow -- the most wonderful veterinarian (Dr. Helen Chuang) from The Restful Paws came to our home and helped her pass very peacefully --- such a gift to our sweet girl and to us.  You can call and send email -- they are very responsive.

Vivian on Glenn; 1/12/21

Dr Saiki, Saiki Mobile Vet

(408) 399-5353, https://vetmobilecare.com/

…she was really good. She didn’t begin with our dog…she first spent time with my husband and me and of course our sweet dog. Then she segued into conversation about how it would all be done... All in all, our [dog] just went to sleep as usual right next to me on our sofa.

Jacqui on Curtiss; 11/25/22

Veterinarians (Dentistry)
Dr Walter Hoge Sr., Camden Pet Hospital

I’ve used Camden for many years. I think they have fair pricing. You could ask to speak with the vet that would be doing the surgery. Dr Walter Hoge Sr is a founder there and very easy to talk with. His son, Dr Hoge Jr is also very approachable.

Nina on El Rio



Dr. Michelle Forgy, VCA Pinnacle Animal Hospital

4724 Meridian Ave., (408) 264-9400

A year and a half ago or so, I paid roughly $1000 for cleaning, several extractions, and the tests/supplies/surgical stuff/anesthesia that supported it. I highly recommend Pinnacle on Branham/Meridian, Dr. Michelle Forgy.

Janis, formerly on Willow Glen Way; 5/17/21

VCA Blossom Hill

1010 Blossom Hill Rd., (408) 227-3717

I had dental work on my two dogs in December. One needed a cardiologist eval because she is 10 years old. The vet hospital - VCA Blossom Hill - took very good care of them and the pricing similar to that mentioned here.

Tina G.; 5/17/21

Dr. Riggs, Animal Dental Clinic

(650) 610-9501, staff@animaldentalclinic.com.

If you are looking for a dental specialist I recommend Animal Dental Clinic. Dr. Riggs did a great job for our chihuahua.

Bob on Bird; 8/17/22


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Restaurants, Food & Event Services


Flower Flour

now at Pruneyard; opening soon in WG: 1010 Lincoln Ave.; www.flower-flour.com; 408-279-0843

Flour Flower makes great tasting and gorgeous cakes.  

[Note: Mimi, the original owner of Flower Flour, has returned to the original site and reopened as “Paris Avenue” – see below. (LLA: 1/10/23)]

Larry on Willow, 2/8/21

Mama's Bakery

473 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, (408) 828-6262, mamasbakery.com

I ordered (Challah) early online and he had my order ready. He had other items so I just got some of those too.

The bread is wonderful. So is the shortbread. Other biscotti and cookies are great. All good with coffee and tea. It is nice to have a bakery open on Sunday.

Gail on California; 1/3/21

Jane Ellen Bakery

2686 Union Ave., (408) 559-9000, https://www.janeellenbakery.com/

Almond Croissant excellent. Behind the 76 gas station on the corner Near Walgreens. Across from Lunardi’s

Gail C.; 3/5/22

Honey & Pearl

https://www.honeyandpearl.net, https://www.instagram.com/honeyandpearl/

Honey & Pearl is NOT a brick & mortar bakery and their cakes are only available once or twice a month. They announce availability on Instagram and other social media. The baker used to work for Aki’s back in the day and learned how to make their famous guava cakes. She’s tweaked the recipe here and there to make it her own. Obviously I can’t do a side by side comparison, but I like H&P’s version a shade better than what I remember of Aki’s, and I definitely like it better than any of the other Aki’s knockoffs through the years. 

Judy on Hamilton Pl; 9/13/22

Paris Avenue

896 Willow St., (408) 217-9362

My daughter & I stopped by “Paris Avenue” for lunch today and we both can’t stop raving about it.  The service was outstanding (Joseph & Harris were so nice and attentive) and the food was beyond delicious. 

Tina on Ellen Ave.; 12/10/22

Icing on the Cake

50 W Main St, Los Gatos, (408) 354-2464, icingonthecakebakery.com

Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos has a delicious selection of baked goods and fantastic cakes and cupcakes.  

Regan on Jansen; 4/9/24

Charlie's Cheesecake Works

1179 Redmond Ave., (408) 268-4555, charliescheesecakeworks.com

It’s my experience that “good cheesecake” is a very subjective thing. But I really like Charlie’s Cheesecake Works. The plus is you can buy his mini sampler pack and see what you think. 

Gayle on Blewett; 9/23/22


Without a doubt check out Charlie’s Cheesecake Works. He’s located in the shopping center on Redmond Ave & Almaden Expressway in Almaden. He offers a variety of flavors & has a 12 pack of poppers featuring his assortment. They’re fabulous! 

LiAnne on Prevost St.




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Caterers/Catering; Party/Event Planners/Food Trucks

(also see Restaurants)


1601 Meridian Ave., (408) 266-9022, https://www.guntherscatering.com/

Try Gunther's on Hamilton/Meridian. Ask for Steve. They do catering, but I'm not sure size wise. I am a customer, friend and neighbor. I get nothing to recommend, except knowing that I'm sharing a great place to eat.

Cindy K.; 9/6/21

La Villa

1319 Lincoln Ave., (408) 295-7851, http://www.wglavilla.com/

If it’s Italian you want, I recommend La Villa on Lincoln Ave. They can provide food for any size group. We have ordered platters to pick up, and once they came and served it for our son’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Great food and service.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 9/7/21, 6/15/22


I had some amazing Italian cookies from LaVilla on Lincoln.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 12/8/21


1896 Curtner Ave., (408) 369-9905, https://adelitastaqueria.com/

[I was told] that they were very organized. Their website for catering is great, very detailed, but not too detailed. A nice woman named Nora called me and worked out the cost. So far it's a great experience.

Mary-Ellen on Cristina Ave; 9/9/21

Alams Taqueria

2708 Union Ave, (408) 674-6949

We really enjoy Alams Taqueria (food truck) at the corner of Curtner and Union in the Union Gas station parking lot. It's a bright blue truck. The food is amazing.

Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 10/14/21

Dia de los tacos

408 316 4864

They are the best!

Rene on Marcia; 10/14/21

Steve and Emily, California Catering Café


I have been to holiday dinners and outdoor barbecues that they have catered. Great food and great responsiveness to your wants and needs. They make comfort food tweaked up to be a bit more special but not overly fancy.

Tina on Monte Vista; 6/14/22

El Abuelo Taqueria


These folks cater. Easy to work with. Right on time and quality food. I’ve used them several times. Never disappoints. Right on Lincoln near Coe. 

Karen on Blewett; 6/13/23

Meal Preparation Services
Fit Food Cuisine

1053 Lincoln Ave Ste 100, (408) 613-7413, fitfoodcuisine.com

I've tried Fit Food Cuisine, a local meal prep service, a few times and really liked it. My husband and I found the food tasty, convenient, and good portion sizes. I hope this helps someone who's looking for help in the kitchen.

Judi on Kimble; 2/6/23


[at Fit Food] …you can definitely order a la carte rather than the subscription. … we tailor it based on how many evenings we might be having at home week by week. I find we have much less food spoilage from overbuying at the grocery store too. I love the healthy portion-controlled meals and the interesting variety in the menus that John provides weekly. Highly recommend.

Carol U.; 2/7/23


(near Parkmoor & Meridian)

For years, I've bought tamales year-round from the family vendor parked in front of Food Maxx in a teal minivan. Their tamales are large, seasoned well, and delicious. They're usually there every day from 11 AMish to 3 PMish. Pricing is about $2.50 each with some possible ad hoc discounts for larger amounts. Standard fillings are chicken, pork, spicy pork, and jalapeno cheese. Sometimes they have sweet [ones].

Elissa on Laurie; 12/6/21

Los Cuates Meat Market

1507 S Winchester Blvd., (408) 374-4304

Year round tamales at Los Cuatos near Winchester and Hamilton. Next to the pizza place. A lady makes their tamales. In the case up front near the cash register. Generally $2 each. Chicken, beef, pork, corn, and other. Monday she comes later about 10 but other days she is there earlier.

Gail on California; 12/6/21


I've also bought tamales from Los Cuates in the past (as someone else mentioned) and they're also consistently great.

Elissa on Laurie; 12/8/21


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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Farmers Markets

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Cookiez by Sara

512 Jibstay Lane, Foster City, sara@cookiezbysara.com, cookiezbysara.com

Cookies were easily ordered online and to everyone’s amazement, the cookies arrived still warm!! Online there are ordering options as far as quantity and cookie selection, and special occasion packaging. Depending on where the cookies are headed, they hand deliver, and also ship via UPS. Great customer service, too. And OH!! Delicious Cookies!!!

Rita on Mercer Ave; 5/8/21


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Florist & Flowers

Hylary Loscin, H and J Flowers

408-427-1526, https://www.handjflowers.com/ , handjflowers@gmail.com

You won't be disappointed!! They go all out to give you what you want, as far as floral preferences or creative themes. They go above and beyond to give you a wonderful day with truly original pieces.

Tina on Monte Vista; 3/23/21


5945 Almaden Expy #170, (408) 268-5518, https://www.bloomsters.com/

I have seen Bloomsters work at weddings! Amazing! They did my son’s wedding! Highly recommend.

Kathleen E.; 3/23/21


The most amazing arrangements I’ve ever seen were in one of the houses on a willow glen home tour. The florist is Bloomsters (not Bloomers). Spectacular.

Karlie on Glenwood; 1/6/22


990 E Hamilton Ave., Campbell, (408) 371-7000, https://www.cittisflorist.com

Citti's Florist is our go-to florist. They're local, been around for-ever, and have raving fans.

Another nice thing is they let you know the prices on their front page.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 1/4/22

Hill’s Florist

266 Race St., 408-295-6735, https://www.hillsflowers.net/

We have used Hill’s Florist on Race Street for years. Reasonable and beautiful.

Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/4/22

H and J Flowers


I recommend H and J Flowers. Hylary is wonderfully gifted. They work tremendously hard to make the event everything you could dream of. Checkout the pictures on their website!

Tina on Monte Vista; 8/7/22


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1003 Lincoln Ave (near Coe)

Fascinating store: regular groceries & an extensive meat-counter, plus lots of more exotic and ethnic fresh produce, and a counter serving salads and salsas.

Larry on Willow; 2/5/23


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Party and Event Venues & Meeting Room Rentals / Reception Spaces / Banquet Rooms

Party Rentals
Stuart Event Rentals

454 South Abbott Avenue, Milpitas, (408) 914-2795

Stuart Rentals is great in terms of variety of items and choices within. I like working with Laurie.

Karen on Blewett; 8/7/22


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The Shadowbrook

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola-by-the-Sea, (831) 475-1511. http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com

we've had a couple enjoyable Thanksgivings there (as well as birthdays and other special events). Quite elegant; good food; and a unique facility built on several stories on the side of a bluff, accessed by a cable tram car. (Kids enjoy visiting the ducks at the streamside patio...)

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22

Orchestra Palm Court

27 E. Williams Street, http://www.orchestriapalmcourt.com

They are only open Friday and Saturday nights; you can check out their menus [on their website]. They have added some glass partitions amongst the antiques and player pianos that make for safe dining.  (In nice weather they open the folding front doors.)  It's a small restaurant, so make reservations.  It's a different sort of restaurant, but very enjoyable. 

Lorraine on Newport; 7/31/21


1100 Lincoln Ave Suite 180, (408) 297-1100, crepevine.com

I went to Crepevine to get dinner for my daughter and I. When I returned home I realized I was missing my salad. When I called to let them know they graciously offered to drop if off at my home. In addition, they gifted me a crepe, an additional order of fries, AND a gift card. Now, THAT is customer service!!!!

Christine, Madrona Ave.; 1/16/21

BBQ – Barbecue
Sam’s BBQ

1110 S Bascom Ave., (408) 297-9151, samsbbq.com

…another good [BBQ] place is Sam’s which is on Bascom, north of Hamilton, maybe 4-6 blocks on the right side.  They have a nice band of guitars and singers as well.

Sue on Dean; 12/12/22


My family seconds “Sam’s BBQ”, too.

Tina on Ellen; 12/12/22

Clam Chowder
Anchors Fish and Chips and Seafood Grill

1111 Meridian Ave #5, (408) 622-4826, anchorsgrill.com

I echo the sentiment about Anchors. The chowder is steamy hot and really tasty! And the outside patio is very relaxing on these pretty Spring days.

Sue on Minnesota Ave; 5/17/23

Coffee Shops
Zeugma Kebab

889 S Almaden Ave., (408) 940-5080, https://www.zeugmakebab.com

Just a shout out to an excellent hidden gem on Almaden (at Oak), tucked behind a laundromat. Absolutely fantastic Turkish food. The Lamb chops are so good. Everything is good, what am I saying.

I ordered the other night. There was no answer, but they called back in about 5 minutes to get my order.

Peter on Lick; 1/27/21



A while back, a friend [gave me some] Muffaletta sandwich … from Goldbelly….  I took a bite and thought "I've never had anything this good in my life!" Everything was awesome about dealing with them, including the FOOD! I highly recommend Goldbelly!

Susan on Gerald; 11/20/23


on Lincoln, near Willow

wonderful California/Mexican fusion: traditional burritos, etc., along with fresh flavors like Thai chicken or BBQ pork, ginger slaw, organic and vegetarian dishes.  Great margaritas!  Lovely patio area with heat-lamps.

Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22

Taqueria El Abuelo

1005 Lincoln (near Glen Eyrie); (408) 293-4470

small place, not fancy, open late, good food.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/22

Casa Villa

840 Willow St., (408) 642-1289, casavillawillow.com

Just had the best dinner there tonight. Hubby had Quesadillas- steak. Not on the menu but they happily made them. Sooo fresh. Such flavorful steak and yummy cheese. Salsa was great. I had shrimp Empanadas. Awesome and a chicken enchilada. The food had so much flavor. Delicious homemade cake. Entire bill $31.00. Super nice people. Let’s support this new restaurant.

Lynn on Clintonia; 10/19/21


Oh, yes! Casa Villa has wonderful food!

Tracy on Bird + Willow; 12/23/22


I second this. Casa Villa is wonderful. Great food and friendly staff.

Bob on Bird; 12/23/22


Our family also likes Casa Villa a lot, too.  Delicious food and attentive, friendly staff.

Tina on Ellen Ave.; 12/24/22

Vegan Mob



Debbie on Guadalupe Avenue & Willow Glen Way; 5/24/21

San Francisco:

399 The Embarcadero, SF, (415) 284-9922, https://www.waterbarsf.com/

I would highly recommend Waterbar for seafood and amazing location/view; (on The Embarcadero) incredible food and experience. Reservations a must.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/27/21

Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St, SF, (415) 981-0983, https://kokkari.com/

For Mediterranean (Greek) I would recommend Kokkari which is located on Jackson Street not far from The Embarcadero. Reservations a must.

Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/27/21


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Vacation Site Hotels / Motels

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https://lifemoves.org/; 408-271-1630

Life Moves in SJ helps set up women and their children in safe and stable living quarters. These women have escaped dangerous domestic situations or are homeless with nothing but the clothes on their backs in many cases. They are very appreciative of any donations, including food, bedding, pillows, etc.

Karen on Blewett; 8/16/20



We've had great responses using Freecycle. People took items we were sure no one would want but they were so happy to get them (drapery hardware, etc.). You can't leave it at the curb. It's supposed to be a personal transaction so you set it up with one person. Once we've set up the contact, we always say we'll leave it on the porch so they can just pick it up and go so we don't necessarily have to be physically present.

Janice on Coolidge; 1/27/20

Community Outreach Ministry Endeavor

(408) 286-8413 (call to arrange a donation)

They are located in the back right hand corner of the parking lot at the corner of San Salvador and South Third streets, and there is a large, secure donation box (almost closet sized) at the side of that building.  They freely give out new or very gently used clothes to those in need in downtown San Jose, and also pass along bedding and towels. Other welcome donations--nonperishable, unopened, unbreakable food such as cans or sturdy bottles--unopened herbs and spices are particularly prized by the recipients as they are rarely donated.  Fruit cups, pop top chili, and other single serve foods are great for kids' lunches and for the homeless. New underwear is also very prized--I sometimes buy it at outlet stores and drop it off there, to wild acclaim.

Carol on Curtis; 12/18/21

Donations for the Homeless
Richard A.M. Scott, MA, MS, LMFT, Homeless Advocate, SCC Mental Health Homeless Team

1550 Georgetta Dr, 408 799-0005, rams1942@sbcglobal.net

Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.

Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20

Andy Gutierrez

1240 Madrona Ave., chrismayandy@sbcglobal.net

Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.

Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20

Phone Donations
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

234 E. Gish Rd., Ste. 200

If you have an old, working phone that has no value through …, you can donate it to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. They give them to domestic-violence survivors so they can make 911 calls if needed. No service plan is needed for them to be able to do this. Drop them off at 234 E. Gish Rd., Ste. 200.

Rebecca on Newport; 3/6/17


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Electronics Recycling
Green Mouse

400 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 464-9999, https://www.greenmouse.com/

They moved [to Martin Ave], still great!

Kathi on Cherry; 3/31/22

A & J Electronics Recycling E-Waste

https://ajelectronicrecycling.com/, (408) 490-4516, 763 Mabury Rd

I have used A&J Recycling many times. There is no fee, no paperwork, no appointment needed, and they take almost any electronic device, including cords and cables. And there is never a wait ... you can pull up next to their door and they will bring out a cart and unload everything from your car! They are open Mon-Fri 8:00 to 5:00. It's in a strip mall-like complex with other businesses, and you drive in and go all the way to the end to find them.

(They will not take any media like DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes or floppy disks or printer cartridges ... also no batteries or bulbs ... and no microwaves ... check their website for the complete list.)

Jim (formerly on Settle); 1/17/23

Drug Recycling Locations


Specialty Clinic, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

751 S Bascom Ave., Building Q

Valley Medical Center

500 Tully Rd.

CVS (pills only, no liquids)

1285 Lincoln Ave.


1405 Foxworthy Ave.

Sheriff’s Department, front office

55 W. Younger


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Consumer Checkbook


It has great articles on how to choose a particular type of company. It also has ratings from people who have used companies in the past year, plus the staff does some cold calling to check prices. [Subscribers] get an email a couple of times a year asking you to rate various companies you've used in the past year.

Janice on Coolidge; 9/24/19


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General information

the Victorian Preservation Association


...website has a "source list" of suppliers and services for older houses.

For example, they list a couple places in Oakland/Berkeley that have lots of old house stuff: Urban Ore General Store & Building Materials is one, Ohmega Salvage is another. Amazing places, great for finding weird old-house parts!

Larry (in one of the "older" homes on Willow); 3/1/22

SJPD Crime Prevention web page


SJPD has a great re-designed web site.  There are videos on how to help prevent auto theft and tips on reducing home burglary. Whether to dial 911 or 311.  You’ll find updated Police Blotter, information on community services such as Neighborhood Watch, how to report a crime online and links to City Connect/ Mobile Crime Tip apps for iPhone and Android.  There is a FAQ section addressing issues with police staffing and how the department prioritizes police responses to criminal activity.  Traffic Reports, Crime maps, Gang prevention resources, The Emergency Alert system,  all well worth looking at.

Julia on Westgate; 5/29/14 [2/8/20]

Household Hazardous Waste

1608 Las Plumas Ave; (408)299-7300, http://www.sccgov.org/sites/iwm/hhw/Pages/hhw.aspx

Very easy:  make an appointment with Household Hazardous Waste then drive over and drop it off. Very nice facilities just off McKee at 101. Open Fridays and Saturdays. They take paint, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, insecticides, asbestos (check for their rules), half-empty spray cans, etc. It took us maybe a minute to dispose of trunk-full of all that.

Larry on Willow; 3/1/22

Disposal of Unneeded or Expired Medications

·         Central Mental Health (Enborg Lane Pharmacy)

2221 Enborg Lane, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)

Located on right-hand side of the Bldg, across from receptionist. M-F 8:00am–5:00pm


·         Office of the Sheriff

55 West Younger Avenue (Cross street- N. 1st Street), (800) 211-2220(408) 808-4405

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


·         Valley Health Center at Bascom Pharmacy

750 S. Bascom Avenue, Ste # 120, (Cross street- Renova Dr.), M–F 9:00am-7:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at East Valley Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy pick-up window, 1993 McKee Rd. (Cross street- Ludlow Way)

M-F 8:30am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-5:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at Lenzen Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy, 976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste 1400 (Cross street-The Alameda)

M 8:00am-9:00pm, T-F 8:00am-5:30pm


·         Valley Health Center at Moorpark Pharmacy

Located near the pharmacy, 2400 Moorpark Avenue, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)

M-F 9:00am–9:00pm, Sat–Sun 9:00am–9:00pm


·         Valley Health Center at Tully Pharmacy

Located in the main lobby, near the security guard desk, 500 Tully Rd. (Cross street-Corde Terra Circle) M- F 8:30am- 9:00pm, Sat 8:30am-5:00 pm


·         Valley Specialty Center Outpatient Pharmacy

Located in the Valley Specialty Bldg, near the pharmacy, 751 S. Bascom Avenue, (Cross Street-Renova Dr.), Mon- Sun 9:00 am-10:00 pm

Kari on Meridian Way; 8/14/15



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How to quickly and easily check out a contractor online -- license, Yelp, etc.  How to look up City regulations on line. 


Whoever you hire for solar, remodeling, sidewalk, HVAC, tree work, plumbing, etc...  Be sure that you are hiring a licensed contractor with a valid, active license, no civil or criminal issues, and a stable history -- and that you know whether or not they have workers' comp insurance. Beautiful trucks, fancy websites, charming salespeople, booths in stores, and heavy advertising don't prove anything.  


Quick and easy to check a license online.


1. Contractors are required to display their license number in all advertisements -- including websites, business cards, proposals, signs, and any vehicles that carry advertising. However, "license numbers" on business cards or painted on trucks may not be accurate or current. One tree guy had a beautiful bucket truck, but a business card with the license number of a defunct plumbing company in LA.  (I searched by "Personnel Name." He had no license of any sort.)  Another had a "License Number" on his card that was actually his city business license.


2. When you look up a contractor, watch for this link: "Click here for Complaint Disclosure Information." One had "Conviction of a substantially related crime." Another, grand theft and elder abuse.


3. Click on "Personnel List" and then click on each name shown under "Licenses Currently Associated With." The number of people under the next list -- "No Longer Associated With" -- may indicate an unstable business. (One company with a valid license was a ghost -- no person currently associated with the license.)


4. If there is an "Other Licensees" button, click on it. Then click on each license listed. One contractor had a license under another business name that is "under suspension for failure to comply with Workers Comp."


5. In addition to looking up the contractor under the license number they give you, also search by company name. One contractor appeared to have two slightly different company names, with two different street addresses -- one license had very serious civil and criminal issues, the other license did not. One contractor has two license numbers with the same name, address, and phone -- the expired license is marked "Recommended for legal action" -- the current license has many citations.


6. A contractor who works alone doesn't need workers' comp insurance. However, some contractors claim that they have no employees -- to avoid the cost of insurance -- but show up with a crew.  You don't want an accident to go against your homeowners insurance. (And, if the contractor doesn't provide accident insurance for their own employees, how do you think they will treat you?) 


Go to:


Quick and easy to search by business name, or personnel name, or license number.


7. The State has an excellent article on hiring contractors, which includes: "When the contractor comes to your house to give you a bid, ask to see his/her pocket license, along with a picture I.D. Make sure the person you're dealing with is the same person on the license." 



8. If the company has a website, check for a "career" link. What is the company's primary objective? Hiring people to *do* work -- or hiring people to *sell* work? (For example, a service plumber opening that emphasizes "earnings potential" or commission rates means that the company uses basic plumbing and drain jobs as a way to get into your house for a sales pitch.)


9. When using Yelp, Angie's List, Diamond Certified, BBB, etc. read the reviews carefully: 

- They are profit-making companies, not public services. They do the best they can -- but their primary source of revenue is the businesses being reviewed. 

- Any online review system can be gamed with fake reviews. 

- On the other hand -- customers may have unrealistic expectations, have only had an estimate, be confusing different businesses, be connected with a rival business, or simply be pursuing a vendetta -- the Customer From Hell.


10. Specifically for Yelp: 

- The links on the right side are paid ads.

- Change the default "Yelp Sort" box to "Newest First." The company may have changed ownership -- you want the most recent comments. 

- Yelp indirectly rewards members who post lots of negative reviews with "Elite" membership. A straightforward, favorable review is not going to be voted "funny" or "cool."


11. Referrals. One member commented: "Don’t forget to check many referrals (not just one or two) and see the work. Make sure the referrals are recent."


12. Permits and regulations. Be sure that your contractor gets City permits. A member commented that  some work doesn't require permits but still needs to comply with city codes

Check https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/planning-building-code-enforcement/building-division/bulletins-forms/projects-that-don-t-need-a-building-permit  

and https://www.sanjoseca.gov/business/development-services-permit-center/online-permits-at-sjpermits-org/building-online-permits



--cg; 10/10/23


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